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Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist unveiled

16th February 2011

The shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize has been revealed, with a Nobel laureate and debut author among the competing novelists.

Manu Joseph has been shortlisted for his debut novel Serious Men, while 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Kenzaburo Oe makes the list for The Changeling.

Bi Feiyu's Three Sisters, Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa and Tabish Khair's The Thing About Thugs complete the shortlist for the award, which carries a USD 30,000 (GBP 18,600) cash prize.

Judges Monica Ali, Homi K. Bhabha and Hsu-Ming Teo will announce the winner at a ceremony in Hong Kong on March 17th and Professor David Parker, chair of the board of directors of the prize, said the standard of the shortlist is high.

'Our judges have chosen five very different novels, each in its own way brilliant and captivating, representing the achievements of three major Asian cultures: China, India and Japan,' he explained.

Debut author Joseph is also in competition to win the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, with Serious Men shortlisted in the south Asia and Europe best first book category.

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