January 9, 2013 by markstani
The MAN Asian Literary Prize jury has nominated five novels for this year’s shortlist:
BETWEEN CLAY AND DUST by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
NARCOPOLIS by Jeet Thayil
SILENT HOUSE by Orhan Pamuk
THE BRIEFCASE by Hiroki Kawakami
THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS by Tan Twan Eng
Thoughts? I’m a bit underwhelmed, to be honest. I’m pleased to see two of my original list of six make the cut – ‘Between Clay And Dust’ and ‘Narcopolis’. I’m happy enough with ‘The Briefcase’, and bored rigid by the inclusion of the other two. For me it’s more about what didn’t make it – my two clear favourites, ‘Northern Girls’ and ‘Thinner Than Skin’ for starters. And then there was Nayomi Munaweera’s fantastic, rich debut novel, ‘Island Of A Thousand Mirrors’. I’m glad they all got their chance to shine on the longlist. I just wish at least one of them had stuck around to brighten up what is for me, on the whole, a rather dull top five.