Chowringhee, an iconic Bengali novel by Kolkata-based Mani Sankar Mukherjee penned in 1962, has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction 2009. It is the only novel from Asia to figure on the shortlist. The prize, instituted 10 years ago, is supported by the Arts Council England and Champagne Taittinger, is considered one of the most esteemed for fictions in translation in Britain and beyond. The winner will be announced May 15. The novel has been translated by Arunava Sinha.
The shortlist includes Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel, The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck, 'Fists' by Pietro Grossi, 'Broken Glass' by Alain Mabanckou and 'The Dark Side of Love' by Rafik Schami.
Chowringhee written under the pen-named Sankar was first published in 1962. It is woven around the most enduring and elite relic of colonial Kolkata, the Grand Hotel. It appears in his book in the avatar of Shahjahan Hotel.
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