Acknowledging the diversity of literature emanating from the region, the DSC Limited Tuesday announced a long-list of 14 works of fiction as also the five-member jury of the first DSC prize for South Asian literature.
The prize carries a purse of $50,000. The DSC Ltd organises the Jaipur Literature Festival in the pink city every year.
The long-list includes Way to Go by Upamanyu Chatterjee, The Middleman by Mani Sankar Mukherjee, The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri, Arzee the Dwarf by Chandrahas Choudhury, The Story of a Widow by M.A. Farooqui, and The Immigrant by Manju Kapur, among others.
The names of the six short-list books will be announced by October-end at the DSC South Asian Literature Festival in London and the winner at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2010.
The titles are either set in South Asia or centre around south Asian protagonists and bring forth typical concerns upholding the socio-political and economic milieu of the region.
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