Five novels showcasing the diversity and depth of writing from Istanbul to Tokyo were announced today as the shortlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize was revealed, listing distinctive and celebrated writers for the first time in a region-wide context.
The shortlist, which includes writers from five different countries, champions a debut novelist alongside a Nobel laureate, translated work as well as original writing in English, and includes smaller regional publishers as well as larger international houses.
The five shortlisted novels, selected from a longlist of 15, are:
– Between Clay and Dust – Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan) (see my review)
– The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan) (see my review)
– Silent House - Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) (see my review)
– The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia) (Update: see my review)
– Narcopolis – Jeet Thayil (India) (Update: see my review)
The winner, who will receive USD 30,000, will be announced on March 14th 2013 at a black tie Prize Dinner in Hong Kong, the home of the Prize. The translator, if any, will receive USD 5,000.