The 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been revealed and this year it’s a celebration of India.
From the Naxalite uprising in Kolkata in the 1960’s and 70’s to the contemporary conflict in Kashmir taking in child abuse and urban expansion along the way, this year’s shortlist celebrates India in all its kaleidoscopic glory and despair.
Intriguingly this year’s jury does not feature a single Indian literary figure although jury president Sir Mark Tully is widely considered an “honourary” Indian.
“We have had to make difficult decisions because all the books on the very varied long-list could qualify for the shortlist”, Sir Mark said.
“Our final list still reflects the variety and vigour of South Asian fiction writing and writing about South Asia. One of the most striking features of the list is the quality of writing. The novels are also remarkable for their realism and for the way they convey atmosphere. I am particularly glad that a translation from a South Asian language into English is included in the shortlist”, he added.
The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced at the Galle Literature Festival in January.
The UKAsian was at the London School of Economics as the jury revealed each of the shortlisted authors and caught up with Sir Mark to find out more about the process of selection and evolution of South Asian writing.