London: Noted Indian author Amit Chaudhuri`s latest book `The Immortals` is among six works of contemporary South Asian authors that will vie for the first DSC Prize for South Asian Literature that carries a prize money of USD 50,000.
Chadhuri``s book will compete with the critically acclaimed works of two Pakistani authors -- Musharraf Ali Farooqui``s ``The Story of a Widow`` and H M Naqvi``s ``Home Boy``.
The shortlist was announced here last night after the jury deliberated for a month over the 16 works that were announced in the long-list in September in New Delhi.
The other three books on the shortlist are Manju Kapur``s ``The Immigrant``, Neel Mukherjee``s ``A Life Apart`` and Kentucky-born Tania James`` ``Atlas Of Unknowns``.
The prize was announced in January this year by infrastructure firm DSC, which is the main sponsor of the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival and has since then generated considerable interest.
The winner for the inaugural edition of the prize will also be announced at the Jaipur Literature festival in January next year.
"As we finalised our shortlist, the criteria that was uppermost in our minds was DSC`s mandate to look for the best and the most interesting examples of the contemporary novel set in, or about, South Asia," Chairperson of the Jury, Nilanjana S Roy said.
Set in the `Bombay` of 1970s, `The Immortals` is a story of two music loving families, while Farooqui`s `The Story of a Widow`, set in Karachi, traces the life of a recently widowed woman coming to terms with her life.
Manju Kapur, whose `The Immigrant` is the story of a Delhi-based woman, has earlier written the `Difficult Daughters`, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Book in the Europe and Asia section.
US-based Naqvi`s `Home Boy` revolves around an immigrant`s life, while Kolkata-born Mukherjee`s book is a story that travels in time from the period of British Raj in Bengal and the India of the 1970s.