Shortlist for The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, worth $25,000, unveiled at LSE
The shortlist of five novels was announced by Ritu Menon, along with the other four jury members – Senath Walter Perera, Steven Bernstein, Valentine Cunningham and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - at the London School of Economics.
The five shortlisted books are:
- Anjali Joseph: The Living (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK)
- Anuk Arudpragasam: The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta Books, UK)
- Aravind Adiga: Selection Day (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India)
- Karan Mahajan: The Association of Small Bombs (Chatto & Windus, UK & Viking, USA & Fourth
Estate, HarperCollins, India)
- Stephen Alter: In the Jungles of the Night (Aleph Book Company, India)
Ritu Menon, Chair of the jury, said: "After deliberating on the many exceptional qualities of the novels selected, and considering the disparities in our backgrounds, the jury was
unanimous in its decision on the five shortlisted titles. All five display a remarkable skill in animating current universal preoccupations in unconventional idioms, and from a distinctively South Asian perspective."
The winner of The DSC Prize will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival in Bangladesh on 18 November 2017.
Pictured: Jury members at the LSE during the shortlisting event