Indians dominate DSC Literature Prize Longlist

FROM Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad to Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others , this year’s longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has plenty of renowned names in the mix. The names of the 11 potential winners were announced by Mark Tully, this year’s chair of the jury, from the confines of the Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place on Friday.

The 11 works are Aatish Taseer’s The Way Things Were, Akhil Sharma’s Family Life, Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad, Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter, KR Meera’s Hang Woman ( translated by J Devika), Minoli Salgado’s A Little Dust in the Eyes, Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves, Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road, Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others, Raj Kamal Jha’s She Will Build Him A City and Sandip Roy’s Don’t Let Him Know.

Speaking on the importance of the US $ 50,000 award, Tully said, "If South Asia flourishes, the rest of the world will flourish. And the reason why it is not flourishing now is because of lack of cooperation between the countries.

This award makes people aware of their common interest." Apart from Tully, this year’s jury members include Dennis Walder, Emeritus Professor of Literature at the Open University, UK, Karen Allman, literary co- ordinator, Seattle, USA, Neloufer de Mel, senior professor of English at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Syed Manzoorul Islam, celebrated Bangladeshi writer.

The next step for the jury will be to decide the fate of these writers and come out with the shortlist for the DSC Prize 2016 on the November 26 at the LSE in London.

The award will be announced in Sri Lanka, next year in January, at the Galle Literary Festival.

Indians dominate DSC Literature Prize Longlist Co- founder of DSC Prize Surina Narula and Mark Tully.

RAMESH SHARMA