Three Indian writers have been selected to compete for the Man Asia Literary Prize along with 12 other Asian authors. Since its inception in 2007, the prestigious literary prize annually rewards the best novel written by an Asian author. When the longlist was displayed on Tuesday, Professor David Parker, the executive director of the Asian Literary Prize, said that it “testifies to the strength and variety of new writing coming out of a culturally emergent Asia. It is bringing to international attention some best-selling and important writers who are little known outside their own language communities.”
The longlist features Anjali Joseph’s Another Country and Jeet Thayil’s début novel Narcopolis. The latter, which draws on Thayil’s experience as a drug addict, has also been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2013) and the 2012 Man Booker Prize.