Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 13, 2018

2018 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Longlist

The longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature was released this week.  I’ve only read two of the nominated books so far but will try to track down more.  Last year’s winner (The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam was superb (see my review).  Stu at Winston’s Dad is aiming to review the four translations on the list.

This is the 2018 longlist:

Anuradha Roy: All The Lives We Never Lived (Hachette, India)

Arundhati Roy: The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness (Alfred Knopf, USA and Hamish Hamilton, Canada) on my TBR

Chandrakanta: The Saga Of Satisar (Translated by Ranjana Kaul, Zubaan Books, India)

Deepak Unnikrishnan: Temporary People (Penguin Books, Penguin Random House, India)

Jayant Kaikini: No Presents Please (Translated by Tejaswini Niranjana, Harper Perennial, HarperCollins India)

Jeet Thayil: The Book Of Chocolate Saints (Aleph Book Company, India and Faber & Faber, UK), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker

Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire (Riverhead Books, USA and Bloomsbury, UK) (nominated for the Booker, and won the Women’s prize) Update 21/4/19: see my review

Manu Joseph: Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India)

Mohsin Hamid: Exit West (Riverhead Books, USA and Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India) See my review

Neel Mukherjee: A State Of Freedom (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, UK and Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India)

Perumal Murugan: Poonachi (Translated by N Kalyan Raman, Context, Westland Publications, India)

Prayaag Akbar: Leila (Simon & Schuster, India) See my review

Rita Chowdhury: Chinatown Days (Translated by Rita Chowdhury, Macmillan, Pan Macmillan, India)

SJ Sindu: Marriage Of A Thousand Lies (Soho Press, USA)

Sujit Saraf: Harilal & Sons (Speaking Tiger, India)

Tabish Khair: Night Of Happiness (Picador, Pan Macmillan, India)

The shortlist will be announced on November 14th, and the winner gets $US25,000.  For more info see the prize website.


  1. Well here’s a turn up for the books, I own the first and have read the second.


  2. I have Leila! Must push it up the TBR.


    • Excellent! I hope you like it:)


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