UR Ananthamurthy, Tabish Khair on lit prize shortlist

London: Prominent Kannada writer U R Ananthamurthy and journalist-academic-writer Tabish Khair are among six writers shortlisted for the USD 50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, organisers today said.

The shortlist for the second annual DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced at a gala event at London’s Globe Theatre.

The prize awards the best writing about the South Asian region.

The winner of the USD 50,000 prize will be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival on January 21, 2012. The prize will be awarded for the best work of fiction pertaining to the South Asian region, published in English, including translations into English.

The shortlisted six books are: U R Ananthamurthy`s `Bharathipura`, ; Chandrakanta`s `A Street in Srinagar`; Usha K`s ‘Monkey-man’; Shehan Karunatilaka`s ‘Chinaman’, Tabish Khair`s `The Thing About Thugs` and Kavery Nambisan`s `The Story that Must Not Be Told`.

Speaking at the event last night, chairperson of the jury Ira Pande said "the task before the jury was not easy; the main hurdle was how to sift the clever and stylish from the real and true tale."

"All of us were united in feeling that a novel by any definition must have a strong tale to tell. While there will always be legitimate differences between jury members on individual choices, I think we were fortunate this year in arriving at a broad consensus on what we were looking for," Pande said.

PTI

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