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Four Indian authors in DSC prize longlist

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Four Indian authors including three poets are among ten writers longlisted for the USD 50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Popular novelists Khalid Hossini and Jhumpa Lahiri have also made to the longlist for their books "And the Mountains Echoed" and "The Lowland."

While Toronto-based author Jaspreet Singh has been chosen for his book "Helium", a lookback of the 1984 riots, poets Meena Kandasamy, Rukmini Bhaya Nair and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, have been longlisted for their books "The Gypsy Goddess", "Mad Girl's Love Song" and "The Mirror of Beauty" respectively. The last is the sole translation in the list announced here today.

Other longlisted works include "The Scatter Here is Too Great" by Bilal Tanweer, "A God in Every Stone" by Kamila Shamsie, "The Prisoner" by Omar Shahid Hamid and "Noontide Toll" by Romesh Gunesekera.

The 10 authors have been longlisted from 75 entries received from publishers across the world by a five-member jury chaired by noted poet and writer Keki N Daruwalla.

"There was a tremendous mix of themes, landscapes, styles, issues -both political and non-political. The narratives ranged from eighteenth and nineteenth century history history to the Naxalite era in West Bengal, tribal rebellions to feudal atrocities," Daruwalla said at the Longlist announcement here.

Other members of the jury include John Freeman, American literary critic and former editor of Granta, Maithree Wickramasinghe, an English professor from Sri Lanka who is an expert on gender, Michael Worton, who has written extensively on modern literature and art and Razi Ahmed from Pakistan who is founding director of the annual, not-for-profit Lahore Literary Festival (LLF).

The DSC prize, which is now in its fifth year, has been previously bagged by HM Naqvi for "Home Boy", Shehan Karunatilaka for "Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew", Jeet Thayil for "Narcopolis" and Cyrus Mistry for "Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer".

The winner from a shortlist, to be revealed on November 27 in London, is set be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2015.

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First Published: Mon, October 20 2014. 15:00 IST
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