Category Archives: MAN Asian 2012

  1. MAN Asian Review: The Road To Urbino


    January 3, 2013 by markstani

    Roma Tearne’s ‘The Road To Urbino’ is my 12th review from this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist, and it’s a pleasant surprise: a moving and challenging tale of a Sri Lankan emigrant whose failure to shake off his tragic past leads him to commit a heinous, high-profile crime. The shortlist is announced next week: this could be on it. Click image for more

  2. MAN Asian Review: Ru


    January 1, 2013 by markstani

    Kim Thuy’s ‘Ru’ might stand at just 153 sparsely populated pages, but her series of vignettes about escape from post-War Vietnam to fashion a new life in Canada packs a powerful pound-for-pound punch. It fully deserves its place on this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist. For reviews of the other contenders, click the icon on the right. Click image for more

  3. MAN Asian Review: Another Country


    December 29, 2012 by markstani

    Anjali Joseph’s ‘Another Country’ tells the story of twentysomething Leela, who drifts from Paris to London to Mumbai, doing nothing especially noteworthy along the way. I’m sure some people will like it, my mother-in-law for one. Personally, I can’t really see much at all to justify its selection for this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist. Click image for more

  4. MAN Asian Review: Black Flower


    December 27, 2012 by markstani

    ‘Black Flower’ by Young-ha Kim, longlisted for the 2012 MAN Asian Prize, tells the little-known story of a boat-load of Koreans – soon to be effectively rendered stateless by Japanese annexation of their homeland – who set sail for a new life in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. It’s an ambitious and worthy attempt, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. Click image for more

  5. MAN Asian Review: Silent House


    December 23, 2012 by markstani

    Orhan Pamuk’s ‘Silent House’, originally published in Turkey in 1983 and translated into English this year by Robert Finn, is my latest review from this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist. It tells the story of three generations of a family gathered in a crumbling mansion in the seaside resort of Cennethisar as tension between left and right mounts and the military coup of 1980 looms.Click image for more

  6. MAN Asian Review: Honour


    December 20, 2012 by markstani

    Elif Shafak is a big deal in Turkey, and on the evidence of this, her eighth novel, it’s not hard to see why. ‘Honour’ is a very accomplished novel about three generations of a Kurdish family, and the tragic clash of their traditional cultures with those of their new life in London. It’s my sixth review from this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist – click the icon on the right to see more. Click image for more

  7. MAN Asian Review: Northern Girls


    December 17, 2012 by markstani

    Sheng Keyi’s ‘Northern Girls’, the captivating story of two girls’ journey from their village in Hunan to the bright-ish lights of the Chinese economic zone, is my latest review from this year’s excellent MAN Asian Prize longlist. In my opinion, it’s one you won’t forget in a hurry. Our ever-growing bank of ‘Shadow’ Jury reviews can be accessed via the icon on the right. Click image for more