Said by the jury to evoke the sensibilities of Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit, Amitabha Bagchi’s ‘Half the Night Is Gone’ wins the DSC Prize in Nepal.
‘There’s now a South Asia beyond South Asia,’ says jury chair Harish Trivedi in his London announcement of this year’s DSC Prize shortlist.
The 2019 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature’s 15-title longlist includes seven debut novelists and was chosed from 90 submissions this year.
Moving to a different market each year, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature this year will fête its winner in Nepal.
The far-reaching DSC Prize, based in India and devised to support literature in all South Asia, has issued its eighth annual shortlist.
Carrying a purse of US$25,000, the DSC Prize honors the ‘exceptional qualities in the novels selected’ for its longlist of 13 titles.
Bangladeshi publisher Faysal Arefin Dipan was hacked to death in a string of attacks on secular writers and publishers in Dhaka.
In India, dozens of writers have returned awards from the National Academy of Letters to protest the government’s unwillingness to criticize violence connected with Hindu nationalism.
Nielsen’s India Book Market Report tries to quantify a complex market, valuing Indian publishing at $3.9 billion and pegging growth at 20% annually.
A late arrival and a poor mix of products and pricing means Amazon has ceded ground in India to bookselling startups like Flipkart and Infinibeam.
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