March 11, 2013 by markstani
I’m delighted to announce that Jeet Thayil’s ‘Narcopolis’ has been voted winner of the second MAN Asian ‘Shadow’ Prize. Choosing from the official shortlist, ‘Narcopolis’, which has already won the DSC Prize and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was a fairly clear choice for the jury members. For the full bank of ‘Shadow’ jury reviews from the longlist, click the icon on the right. The official Prize winner will be announced this week. I should say I think it was a fabulous longlist this year which introduced me to a number of writers whose future work I await with excitement: notably, Sheng Keyi, Uzma Aslam Khan, Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Nayomi Munaweera – and of course Thayil, whose dirty, provocative paean to Mumbai’s underbelly is eminently worthy of its multi-Prize winning success.