India’s richest literary prize will award Rs 25 lakh to the winning author. The prize is organized with the intention of recognising a “distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer”, is open to novels originally written in English as well as translations from other languages and comes with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh for the winning author and Rs 5 lakh for the translator, if the winner is a translated work.
Deepa Mehta said the novels were selected for their “powerful storytelling and unique view of the world”.
“I am delighted that the she goat Poonachi has found a place in the longlist. She was a simple ordinary soul. Today she has received such an honour. Since I foregrounded her, my name too is honored. I share this joy with her soul,” responded Perumal Murugan after the long list was declared.
The ten titles on this year’s longlist are:
Half The Night Is Gone, Amitabha Bagchi (Juggernaut)
Jasmine Days, Benyamin, translated by Shahnaz Habib (Juggernaut)
Clouds, Chandrahas Choudhury (Simon & Schuster)
Poonachi, Perumal Murugan, translated by N Kalyan Raman (Westland)
Jasoda, Kiran Nagarkar (HarperCollins)
All The Lives We Never Lived, Anuradha Roy (Hachette)
When The Moon Shines By Day, Nayantara Sahgal (Speaking Tiger)
Latitudes of Longing, Shubhangi Swarup (HarperCollins India)
The Book of Chocolate Saints, Jeet Thayil (Aleph Book Company)
Empire, Devi Yesodharan (Juggernaut)
The shortlist for the prize will be announced on October 3 in Delhi and the final winner will be revealed in an awards ceremony on October 27.