Penguin Random House has three titles shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 which reflects “the variety and vigour” of South Asian fiction writing and writing about South Asia.
In competition for the $50,000 (£33,000) prize are: R Meera for Hang Woman (Translated by J Devika; Penguin, India); Mirza Waheed for The Book of Gold Leaves (Viking/Penguin India); Neel Mukherjee for The Lives of Others (Vintage/Penguin Random House, UK), along with Akhil Sharma for Family Life (Faber & Faber, UK); Anuradha Roy for Sleeping on Jupiter (Hachette, India); and Raj Kamal Jha for She Will Build Him A City (Bloomsbury, India).
The six-strong shortlist was revealed after a welcome address from the director of the South Asia Centre Dr Mukulika Banerjee, judged by a panel of five members. Chair of the jury was Mark Tully, a journalist with over 40 years’ experience commentating on issues affecting the South Asian region. The other judges were Dennis Walder, emeritus professor of literature at the Open University, Karen Allman, a bookseller and literary coordinator based out of Seattle, Neloufer de Mel, senior professor of English at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and Syed Manzoorul Islam, a Bangladeshi writer, translator, critic and academic.