Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 28, 2017

2017 DSC Prize for South Asian literature shortlist

The shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been announced, the five chosen unanimously (so they say). 

I’m not really surprised that Anosh Irani’s The Parcel didn’t make it, it’s a stunning book, but confronting in the extreme, see my review but I’m a bit disappointed that the shortlist includes neither of the two translations that I ordered (K.R. Meera’s The Poison of Love and Perumal Murugan’s Pyre).  Oh well… 

Anyway, here’s the shortlist

  • Anjali Joseph: The Living (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK), see Karen’s review at BookerTalk
  • Anuk Arudpragasam: The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta Books, UK) (Update: this was the winner, and I ordered it, and it is magnificent.  See my review).
  • Aravind Adiga: Selection Day (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India) (on my TBR)
  • Karan Mahajan: The Association of Small Bombs (Chatto & Windus, UK)
  • Stephen Alter: In the Jungles of the Night (Aleph Book Company, India)

The winner will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival on November 18th.

As I’ve said before, the best place to follow this prize is the DSC page at Facebook.  but for this announcement my thanks go to Michael Orthofer at Twitter.  Follow him @MAOrthofer and Stu at Winston’s Dad for all good things in translated fiction!




  1. Thanks for this, Lisa. I’ve barely been online all week, so I missed this news.


  2. Goodness, you must indeed be busy. I hope you’re enjoying this frantic work schedule, whatever it is.
    And the Giller? Are you sure you don’t want me to help by doing one of the reviews for you? I’ve listed the titles I can get hold of on Kindle in comments at the bottom of the announcement page at KFC, just let me know…


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