Acclaimed authors like K.R. Meera, Aravind Adiga and Perumal Murugan has found place in the long list of the seventh DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for their ‘The Poison of Love’, ‘Selection Day’ and ‘Pyre’ respectively.
The long list includes a total of 13 authors from across the South Asian countries which include three from Pakistan, two from Sri Lanka and one American writer based in India apart from seven Indian authors.
The other authors includes
Anjali Joseph for ‘The Living’,
Anosh Irani for ‘The Parcel’,
Anuk Arudpragasam for ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’,
Ashok Ferrey for ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’,
Hirsh Sawhney for ‘South Haven’,
Karan Mahajan for ‘The Association of Small Bombs’,
Omar Shahid Hamid for ‘The Party Worker’,
Sarvat Hasin for ‘This Wide Night’,
Shahbano Bilgrami for ‘Those Children’ and
Stephen Alter for ‘In the Jungles of the Night’.
“There were no such criteria for the longlist. The selection has been purely made on the basis of the literary quality, the writing skill and how much the writer has succeeded in communicating his or her writing to the readers,” said Ritu Menon, Jury Member.
Out of the 13 authors, the shortlist comprising of five authors will be announced next month at the London School of Economics.