India’s richest literary prize, JCB Prize for literature has announced its long list for the year 2019. Launched in 2018, the prize is aimed at recognizing a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer.
Apart from A Secret History of Compassion by Paul Zacharia, the titles on the 2019 long list includes My Father’s Garden by Hansda Souvendra Shekhar, The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, Ib’s Endless Search for Satisfaction by Roshan Ali, There’s Gun Powder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari, The City and the Sea by Raj Kamal Jha, Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale, The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Manivannan, A Lonely Harvest and Trial by Silence by Perumal Murugan and A Patchwork Family by Muktha Sathe.
JCB Prize is open to novels originally written in English and translations from other languages. This year’s prize includes two works of translation which includes, There’s Gun Powder in the Air translated from Bangla by Arunava Sinha and A Lonely Harvest and Trial by Silence, the twin sequels to One Part Woman translated from Tamil By Aniruddhan Vasudevan. Chaired by the filmmaker and environmentalist Pradip Krishen, the jury includes, author K.R. Meera, Anjum Hasan, Parvati Sharma and economist Arvind Subramanian.
The prize will be announced on November 2, 2019.