By Dennis Abrams
The shortlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize has been announced, including writers from five different countries, a debut novelist alongside a Nobel Prize winner, translated work as well as original writing in English, and smaller regional publishers next to larger international houses.
The five shortlisted novels, selected from a longlist of 15, are:
- Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Pakistan, published by Aleph Book Company
- The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami, Japan, translated from the Japanese by Alison Markin Powell, published by Counterpoint Press
- Silent House by Orhan Pamuk, Turkey, translated from the Turkish by Robert Finn, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Malaysia, published by Myrmidon Books
- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, India, published by Faber & Faber
Professor David Parker, Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize, the organizing body of the award, said, “Several of these writers have been celebrated in their own countries and recognized internationally, but never before have we viewed them collectively as Asian writers. The Man Asian Literary Prize is the only award that places Asian authors from across the whole breadth of the region side by side and gives readers a fresh perspective on the best fiction from our part of the world. Our Prize judges have once again chosen a remarkable selection of books, and I look forward to welcoming all our shortlisted writers to Hong Kong in just a few weeks’ time.”
The winner, whose name will be announced on March 14, 2003, will receive $30,000. The translator, if there was one, will receive $5000.00
Winning the award has other benefits as well. Last year’s winner, Please Look After Mom by South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin went on to sell over two million copies worldwide.
Following the announcement of this year’s winner, the current sponsor Man Group will give up its title sponsorship. As of April 2013 a new title sponsor will sponsor the Asian Literary Prize. Negotiations with interested sponsors are still ongoing, with an announcement scheduled to be made late April 2013.