Jeet Thayil in Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist


Indian author Jeet Thayil’s debut novel “Narcopolis” is among five other works shortlisted on Wednesday for the USD 30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize.

The five novels showcasing the diversity and depth of writing from Istanbul to Tokyo were announced in Hong Kong, listing distinctive and celebrated writers for the first time in a region-wide context.

The shortlist, which includes writers from five different countries, champions a debut novelist alongside a Nobel laureate, translated work as well as original writing in English, and includes smaller regional publishers as well as larger international houses.

The other shortlisted novels, selected from a longlist of 15, are “Between Clay and Dust” by Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan), “The Briefcase” by Hiromi Kawakami (Japan), “Silent House” by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) and “The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng of Malaysia.

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