Finalist 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize

What a great news, My favorite writer Amitav Ghoshs’ latest novel River of Smoke leads the shortlist. Still have to read this book. I did read the first book of the thrilogy, namely Sea of Poppies for which he was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Marvelous and compelling story. Surely a magnificent read. Crossing my fingers for him to win.

Three works from Indian writers, including a historical epic from past Man Booker contender Amitav Ghosh, lead the short list. Also nominated are a debut short story collection from Pakistan and three East Asian titles, including the bestselling South Korean maternal tale Please Look After Mom.

The 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize finalists, revealed in Kong Kong and London on Tuesday, are:

  • Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan) for The Wandering Falcon.
  • Jahnavi Barua (India) for Rebirth.
  • Rahul Bhattacharya (India) for The Sly Company of People Who Care.
  • Amitav Ghosh (India) for River of Smoke.
  • Kyung-Sook Shin (South Korea) for Please Look After Mom.
  • Yan Lianke (China) for Dream of Ding Village.
  • Banana Yoshimoto (Japan) for The Lake.

The winner will be announced at an evening gala in Hong Kong on March 15.

Founded in 2007, the Man Asian Literary Prize celebrates the best work of fiction by an Asian author (written in or translated into English) during the previous calendar year. Past winners include Filipino Canadian Miguel Syjuco (Illustrado) and Chinese writers Bi Feiyu (Three Sisters), Su Tong (Boat to Redemption) and Jian Rong (Wolf Totem).

Read full article @ CBC News

~ by eneryvibes on 1,January 20, 2012.

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