November 17, 2013 By

List announced for DSC prize for South Asian Literature 2014

jorma-ollila-181013The list for the DSC prize for South Asian Literature 2014 was announced at the Goethe-Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, by noted Indian editor, writer and literary critic,  Antara Dev Sen. The final list of 15 chosen titles includes three works translated from Indian languages and four debut novels along with the works of established writers.  From more than sixty five entries for the much coveted US $50,000 prize this year, the jury has shortlisted 15 books from which they will be choosing the final winner.  The jury panel comprises international luminaries from the world of literature and books- Antara Dev Sen,  who also chairs the DSC Prize jury,  Arshia Sattar, an eminent Indian translator, writer and a teacher, Ameena Saiyid, the MD of Oxford University Press in Pakistan, Rosie Boycott, acclaimed British journalist and editor and Paul Yamazaki, a veteran bookseller and one of the most respected names in the book trade of the US.

The short listed entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014 are:

1:  Anand: Book of Destruction (Translated by Chetana Sachidanandan; Penguin, India)
2:  Benyamin: Goat Days (Translated by Joseph Koyippalli; Penguin, India)
3:  Cyrus Mistry: Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer (Aleph Book Company, India)
4:  Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya: The Watch (Hogarth/ Random House, UK)
5:  Manu Joseph: The Illicit Happiness of OtherPpeople (John Murray, UK)

6.  Mohsin Hamid: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, India)
7.  Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden (Random House, India)
8.  Nayomi Munaweera: Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Perera Hussein Publishing, Sri Lanka)
9.  Nilanjana Roy: The Wildings (Aleph Book Company, India)
10. Philip Hensher: Scenes from Early Life (Faber & Faber, USA)
11. Ru Freeman: On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf Press, USA)
12. Sachin Kundalkar: Cobalt Blue (Translated by Jerry Pinto; Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, India)
13. Shyam Selvadurai: The Hungry Ghosts (Double Day Publishing, Canada)
14. Sonora Jha: Foreign (Vintage Books/Random House, India)
15. Uzma Aslam Khan: Thinner Than Skin (Clockroot Books/Interlink Publishing, USA)

With several acclaimed novels in the list ranging from conventional to experimental, from amazing tales sprawling across continents and generations to stories brilliantly detailed in a small, almost claustrophobic canvas, it would be a challenging task for the jury panel to select the winner.  The shortlist for the DSC Prize will be announced on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at The London School of Economics in London.  The winner will be declared at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2014.


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