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Akhil Sharma shortlisted for Folio Prize

Family_lifePenguin Random House has announced that Akhil Sharma’s Family Life is one of 8 books shortlisted for the Folio Prize in the UK.  The prize celebrates the best English-language fiction from around the globe and the winner will be announced in March.

“This shortlist is the result of months of reading and hours of passionate conversation,” said the Chair of Judges William Fiennes, announcing the shortlist at the British Library. “The eight books we’ve chosen explore vast themes – time, loss, belonging, war, solitude, marriage and family, the making and the mystery of art – with amazing vitality and grace.  They manage to be both epic and intimate – in fact, they show those dimensions to be two sides of the same coin. They’ve surprised, moved, challenged and enchanted us. They’ve made us laugh. They’ve grown and deepened when we read them again.  But it’s not just the richness and fire of the individual books. We’re excited by the range of ideas, voices and approaches represented here, and by the way our shortlist shows the novel refreshing itself, reaching out for new shapes and strategies, still discovering what it might be, what it might do.”

The case of exploding Pakistani literature

Mohsin hamidWriters in the country are preferring prose over poetry and a predominance of political themes in Pakistan’s English language fiction, finds Ameena Saiyid: dna

As elsewhere in South Asia, creative writing in the English language is not a new development in Pakistan. However, it has been largely over the last two decades that Pakistani literature in English has achieved prominence and has come firmly into the focus of world literary consciousness.

As a country, Pakistan has undergone a series of seismic changes through its history. Its literature has also seen many changes. I would like to focus here on the two main sets of changes. The first is the changing trend in choice of literary form, i.e. the rising preference for prose over poetry; the second relates to changes in literary content, as reflected in the growing predominance of political themes in Pakistan’s English language fiction.

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