Long-list for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced

Staff Correspondent

The much-awaited ‘long-list’ for the US$50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 was announced at the Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi on October 16.
Renowned journalist and author Mark Tully, who is the chair of the jury panel for the distinguished prize, announced the list comprising 11 books that represent a mixture of established writers and debutant novelists from different backgrounds and geography, said a press release.
It features authors based in South Asia as well as those who explored South Asian life and culture from an outside perspective.
The event was attended by publishers, authors and literary enthusiasts.
Speaking on the occasion, Mark Tully commented, ‘Once again the DSC Prize has attracted an outstanding list of entries. The novels vary widely in content and in style. They cover all the countries of South Asia. I am particularly happy that there are novels from the small states of North East India – states which do not get adequate attention from the rest of the country.’
There were over 75 entries for the DSC Prize this year, from which the jury made the of 11 books that they feel represent the best works of fiction related to the South Asian region.
The long-listed entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 are Aatish Taseer’s ‘The Way Things Were’ (Picador/PanMacmillan, India), Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’ (Faber & Faber, UK), Amit Chaudhuri’s ‘Odysseus Abroad’ (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin India), Anuradha Roy’s ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ (Hachette, India),  KR Meera’s ‘Hang Woman’ (translated by J Devika; Penguin, India), Minoli Salgado’s ‘A Little Dust on the Eyes’ (Peepal Tree Press, UK),  Mirza Waheed’s ‘The Book of Gold Leaves’ (Viking/Penguin India), Monica Byrne’s ‘The Girl in the Road’ (Blackfriars/Little, Brown Book Group, UK), Neel Mukherjee’s ‘The Lives of Others’ (Vintage/Penguin Random House, UK), Raj Kamal Jha’s ‘She Will Build Him A City’ (Bloomsbury, India), Sandip Roy’s ‘Don’t Let Him Know’ (Bloomsbury, India).
Surina Narula, co-founder of the DSC Prize, said, ‘I would like to thank the jury members for going through all the entries received for the DSC Prize 2016 and coming up with such an excellent long-list. I am delighted to find new authors as well as some well-known authors on this list and I think each novel on the list is a must read.’
This year’s international jury panel includes, among others, Dennis Walder, emeritus professor of literature at Open University, UK, who has authored several articles and books on 19th and 20th century literature, Karen Allman, respected book seller and literary coordinator based out of Seattle, USA, Neloufer de Mel, senior professor of English at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, who has written extensively on society, culture and feminism, and Syed Manzoorul Islam, Bangladeshi writer, translator, critic and academic.

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