The longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was announced at the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, by leading Indian writer Keki N. Daruwalla, who is chairing the jury panel for the coveted prize.
According to the detail, Kamila Shamsie, Bilal Tanveer and Omar Shahid Hamid among the nominees of the award.
The longlist comprising 10 books includes a good mix of established writers and debut novelists and spans authors from different backgrounds and geographies.
It features authors originating from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, some of whom are now based in USA, UK and Canada.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied world of literature of the South Asian region. Authors could belong to this region through birth or be of any ethnicity but the writing should pertain to the South Asian region in terms of content and theme.
The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in 2010 by its founder, Surina Narula.
The DSC Prize is now in its fifth year and over the last 5 years it has successfully celebrated and rewarded the best talent writing about the South Asian region and presented it to a global audience.
There were over 75 entries for the coveted US $50,000 prize this year, from which the jury has compiled the longlist of 10 books that they feel best represent the eclectic and vibrant voice of the South Asian region.
The jury panel comprises international luminaries from the world of literature – Keki N. Daruwalla, leading Indian writer and poet and chair of the jury panel, John Freeman, author, literary critic and former editor of Granta from the US, Maithree Wickramasinghe, a Professor of English at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and the University of Sussex and an expert on gender studies, Michael Worton, Emeritus Professor at UCL (University College London) who has written extensively on modern literature and art, and Razi Ahmed from Pakistan who is the founding director of the annual, not-for-profit Lahore Literary Festival (LLF).
The longlisted entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 are:
- Bilal Tanweer: The Scatter Here is Too Great (Vintage Books/Random House, India)
- Jaspreet Singh: Helium (Bloomsbury, India)
- Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland (Vintage Books/Random House, India)
- Kamila Shamsie: A God in Every Stone (Bloomsbury, India)
- Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury, India)
- Meena Kandasamy: The Gypsy Goddess (Fourth Estate/Harper Collins, India)
- Omar Shahid Hamid: The Prisoner (Pan Books/Pan Macmillan, India)
- Romesh Gunesekera: Noontide Toll (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, India)
- Rukmini Bhaya Nair: Mad Girl’s Love Song (Harper Collins, India)
- Shamsur Rahman Faruqi: The Mirror of Beauty (Penguin Books, India)