India’s richest literary prize, JCB Prize for literature has announced its shortlist for the year 2019. Launched in 2018, the prize is aimed at recognizing a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer. Pradip Kishen (Chairperson, 2019 Jury), and Rana Dasgupta (Literary Director, JCB Prize) announced the names of five authors shortlisted for the prize on October 4, 2019.
The titles on the 2019 shortlist 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, A Lonely Harvest and Trial by Silence by Perumal Murugan.
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.
Each of the authors in the shortlist will receive Rs. 1 lakh. In case, a shortlisted work is a translation, along with the author, the translator will be awarded an additional Rs. 50,000. The winner of the JCB prize for Literature will be announced on November 2, 2019.