DSC Prize for South Asian Literature shortlist confirmed
26th October 2010
The shortlist for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been announced at London's Globe Theatre.
Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals, Atlas Of Unknowns by Tania James and Manju Kapur's The Immigrant are among the six novels in the running for the USD 50,000 (GBP 31,600) award.
The remaining three books selected from the 16-stong longlist are A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee, H.M. Naqvi's Home Boy and The Story of a Widow by Musharraf Ali Farooqui.
Nilanjana S. Roy, the chair of the judging jury, commented: 'As we finalised our shortlist, the criteria that was uppermost in our minds was DSC's mandate to look for the best and the most interesting examples of the contemporary novel set in, or about, south Asia.'
The prize was founded by DSC, an Indian infrastructure company, to recognise the literature connected to the subcontinent and is open to authors of any nationality.
Its winner will be announced in January next year, at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival.
The shortlist was announced on the final day of the 2010 DSC South Asian Literature Festival in London. Authors such as Nayantara Sahgal and Fatima Bhutto attended the event.