Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Frankly, and sadly, not many people here are going to care, but the shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature has recently been announced. If the two books I've read from the DSC Prize longlist are any indication, reading through the six books on the recently-announced shortlist is going to be an absolute pleasure. There's just something to be said for reading globally -- there are new authors to discover, you gain a feel for the concerns of writers in other countries, and writers come at things from different perspectives than what we're used to here.
Here's the list:
Bharathipura, by U.R. Ananthamurthy
A Street in Srinagar, by Chandrakanta
Monkey-man, by Usha K.R
Chinaman, by Shehan Karunatilaka
The Thing About Thugs, by Tabish Khair
The Story that Must Not Be Told, by Kavery Nambisan
One of the books originally longlisted, Jimmy the Terrorist got left off the shortlist, but is an awesome book as well.
Reading this list along with others from the DSC Prize longlist will fill my November, and I'm very much looking forward to it.
Congratulations to the shortlisted authors, and to Omair Ahmad, congratulations for writing such a fine novel, even though it didn't make it on to the shortlist.
Posted by NancyO at 8:13 AM