The US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is now in its ninth year, announced its keenly awaited longlist today. The longlist of 15 novels, which represent the best in South Asian fiction writing, was unveiled by the chair of the jury panel Harish Trivedi at a special event at the Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi. The list comprises 3 translated works from Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali, 7 women authors and 7 debut novelists, which highlights the growing diversity and the power of new writing in the South Asian literary landscape. The increasing globalization of South Asian writing is brought alive by the fact that quite a few of the longlisted authors are based outside the region, including an American writer without any South Asian ethnic roots, and they have all written with the same in-depth perspective and understanding of South Asian life and culture as their counterparts based in the region. A wide spectrum of South Asian themes across geographies is visible in the longlist which includes writers of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghan and Sri Lankan origin. The selection of the longlist was enthusiastically welcomed by publishers, authors and the literary personalities who attended the event.
The DSC Prize, administered by the South Asian Literature Prize & Events Trust, received a record 90 eligible entries this year from 42 publishers and 55 imprints from across the globe. The five member international jury panel diligently adjudicated on these to select a longlist of 15 novels.
The longlisted entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 are:
• Akil Kumarasamy: Half Gods (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA)
• Amitabha Bagchi: Half the Night is Gone (Juggernaut Books, India)
• Devi S. Laskar: The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Counterpoint Press, USA)
• Fatima Bhutto: The Runaways (Viking, Penguin Random House, India, and Viking, Penguin Random House, UK)
• Jamil Jan Kochai: 99 Nights in Logar (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury, India & UK, and Viking, Penguin Random House, USA)
• Madhuri Vijay: The Far Field (Grove Press, Grove Atlantic, USA)
• Manoranjan Byapari: There’s Gunpowder in the Air (Translated by Arunava Sinha, Eka, Amazon Westland, India)
• Mirza Waheed: Tell Her Everything (Context, Amazon Westland, India)
• Nadeem Zaman: In the Time of the Others (Picador, Pan Macmillan, India)
• Perumal Murugan: A Lonely Harvest (Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, Penguin Books, Penguin Random House, India)
• Raj Kamal Jha: The City and the Sea (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India)
• Sadia Abbas: The Empty Room (Zubaan Publishers, India)
• Shubhangi Swarup: Latitudes of Longing (HarperCollins, HarperCollins, India)
• T. D. Ramakrishnan: Sugandhi alias Andal Devanayaki (Translated by Priya K. Nair, Harper Perennial, HarperCollins, India)
• Tova Reich: Mother India (Macmillan, Pan Macmillan, India)
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied world of literature of the South Asian region. Authors could belong to this region through birth or be of any ethnicity but the writing should pertain to the South Asian region in terms of content and theme.
The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in 2010 by its founders, Surina Narula and Manhad Narula.
Click here to read more on the DSC Prize website.