Longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Appears

The prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will very soon have its winner for the year 2017. The foundation has released the longlist for the prize which includes 13 books (of course 13 authors). According to the press release of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature committee, the list represents the diversity in the literature of South Asia as well a mixture of the established authors with the debut ones. The list has 7 Indian authors, 3 Pakistani authors, 2 Srilankan authors and 1 American author based in India. This year’s jury’s chair belonged to Ritu Menon, an acclaimed Indian woman writer herself. She spoke about the selection process (according to the press release) and was very much pleased to be reading such great books which were enlisted for the prestigious literary prize.

The longlist for the prize is as follows:

• Anjali Joseph: The Living
• Anosh Irani: The Parcel
• Anuk Arudpragasam:
• Aravind Adiga: Selection Day
• Ashok Ferrey: The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons
• Hirsh Sawhney: South Haven
• Karan Mahajan: The Association of Small Bombs
• K.R. Meera: The Poison of Love (Translated by Ministhy S, Hamish Hamilton)
• Omar Shahid Hamid: The Party Worker
• Perumal Murugan: Pyre (Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, Hamish Hamilton)
• Sarvat Hasin: This Wide Night
• Shahbano Bilgrami: Those Children
• Stephen Alter: In the Jungles of the Night

The very familiar names on the list are Arvind Adiga and K R Meera. The shortlist with 5 or 6 novelists will be announced by the committee on 27th September and the winner will have to wait until November 18th, 2017. Such literary awards are always welcoming for the authors as nothing better than recognition and awards can keep the writers motivated to write better. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was first awarded in the year 2011 and since then, it has kept going. The inaugural award was won by H. M. Naqvi for the book Home Boy. We will keep you updated on the list as it follows.


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