he 2013 edition of DSC Prize for South Asian Literature looks set to be closely contested, with several acclaimed novels on the 16 book Longlist.
The DSC Prize 2013 Longlist was announced today by Jury chair K Satchidanandan and comprises four debut novels, two works in translation from Hindi, and authors and translators form across India, Australia, UK, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistani fiction, which was conspicuous by its absence in the prize last year, makes a comeback with four titles in the Longlist for 2013.
There were 81 entries for the US $50,000 prize this year, from which the jury has compiled the Longlist of 16 books that they feel represent the diverse cultural landscapes of South Asia through a vibrant literary flourish. The jury panel included K Satchidanandan (Chair), Muneeza Shamsie, Rick Simonson, Suvani Singh and Eleanor O'Keeffe.
he longlisted entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 are:
1. Jamil Ahmad: The Wandering Falcon (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India)
2. Alice Albinia: Leela's Book (Harvill Secker, London)
3. Tahmima Anam: The Good Muslim (Penguin Books)
4. Rahul Bhattacharya: The Sly Company of People Who Care (Picador, London)
5. Roopa Farooki: The Flying Man (Headline Review/ Hachette, London
6. Musharraf Ali Farooqi: Between Clay and Dust (Aleph Book Company, India)
7. Amitav Ghosh: River of Smoke (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India)
8. Niven Govinden: Black Bread White Beer (Fourth Estate/ Harper Collins India)
9. Sunetra Gupta: So Good in Black (Clockroot Books, Massachusetts)
10. Mohammed Hanif, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (Random House India)
11. Jerry Pinto: Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company, India)
12. Uday Prakash: The Walls of Delhi (Translated by Jason Grunebaum; UWA Publishing, W. Australia)
13. Anuradha Roy: The Folded Earth (Hachette India)
14. Saswati Sengupta: The Song Seekers (Zubaan, India)
15. Geetanjali Shree: The Empty Space (Translated by Nivedita Menon; Harper Perennial/ Harper Collins India)
16. Jeet Thayil: Narcopolis ( Faber and Faber, London)
CNN-IBN, 17 October