Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 11, 2017

2017 DSC Prize for South Asian literature longlist

I’ve always had good reading from the winners and nominees of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  Past pleasures have included

The ParcelThis year’s longlist looks promising.  I’ve read one, I have one on my TBR, and I’ve ordered the two that have been translated because I too rarely read books in translation from this region.  The longlist includes seven Indian writers, three Pakistani writers, two Sri Lankan writers and one American writer based in India, but authors can be based outside the region because the criteria is to explore South Asian life and culture, so the longlist includes Anosh Irani, who lives in Canada. His devastating The Parcel is the one I’ve read, so if the others are in the same league, they must be good…

  • Anjali Joseph: The Living (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK), see Karen’s review at BookerTalk
  • Anosh Irani: The Parcel (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India, see my review
  • Anuk Arudpragasam: The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta Books, UK)
  • Aravind Adiga: Selection Day (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India) (on my TBR)
  • Ashok Ferrey: The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons (Penguin Books, Penguin Random House, India)
  • Hirsh Sawhney: South Haven (Akashic Books, USA)
  • Karan Mahajan: The Association of Small Bombs (Chatto & Windus, UK)
  • K.R. Meera: The Poison of Love (Translated by Ministhy S, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India) (on order from Fishpond)
  • Omar Shahid Hamid: The Party Worker (Pan Macmillan, India)
  • Perumal Murugan: Pyre (Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India) (on order from Fishpond)
  • Sarvat Hasin: This Wide Night (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India)
  • Shahbano Bilgrami: Those Children (HarperCollins, India)
  • Stephen Alter: In the Jungles of the Night (Aleph Book Company, India)

The shortlist will be announced in London on September 27th and the winner at the Dhaka Literary Festival on November 18th.   The prize is only worth $25,000 (and I’m not sure what currency that is, probably USD) but imagine the book sales in India, not to mention the rest of the world!

BTW the best place to follow this prize is the DSC page at Facebook.  They don’t clutter up your feed with an endless stream of PR like other book prize pages do, but they keep you up to date with what’s what, in this case with a link to The Sunday Guardian which has more details about the prize if you are interested.




  1. Of your past favourites I have read only Narcopolis – a most unusual novel. From this year’s contenders I read The Living. It was okayish only


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