Join Manu S. Pillai and S Hareesh for a live conversation on 28 October 2020, at 6:30pm @thejcbprize Instagram channel for #TheJCBPrizeTea, the series that presents the shortlisted authors in conversation about books, their writing process and the current state of affairs.
Moustache written by S. Hareesh is translated from Malayalam by Jayashree Kalathil. The novel originally published by DC Books is as much about caste politics, oppression and gender parity as it is about the expansive landscape and changing ecology of south-west Kerala. The main character, Vavachan, is a lower cast individual who grows a moustache that takes on a life of epic proportion.
The JCB award will be announced on November 7, 2020. Apart from Moustache ,the shortlist includes 2 other debut novels—Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, and Dharini Bhaskar’sThese, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light. The other two titles in the shortlist are Samit Basu’s dystopian fiction Chosen Spirits and Annie Zaidi’s Prelude to a Riot.