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Two Indian novels shortlisted for Asian Literary Prize

A satirical debut novel "Serious Men" by Indian journalist Manu Joseph are among five books shortlisted for this year's Asian Literary Prize, with most of the works vying for the honours based on social upheaval underway in China and Japan.

February 16, 2011 / 04:36 PM IST

A satirical debut novel "Serious Men" by Indian journalist Manu Joseph are among five books shortlisted for this year''s Asian Literary Prize, with most of the works vying for the honours based on social upheaval underway in China and Japan.


Another Indian novelist Tabish Khair with his work "The Thing About Thugs" which examines race and cultural differences is also in the fray.
The Indian authors would be in tough competition as they would have to contend with a new novel from Japanese Nobel Literary Prize winner Kenzaburo and another Japanese work Yoko Ogawa''s "Hotel Iris", ''South China Morning Post'' reported.


The fifth contender in the shortlist announced late yesterday is Chinese writer Bi Feiyu with his new novel "Three Sisters".


The Asian Literary Prize, is the continent''s answer to the famous ''Booker Prize'' and carries an award of USD 30,000 in cash. The winner would be chosen tomorrow.

The five novels were shortlisted from a selection of 10 books. India had as many as six entries with four others including Upamanyu''s Chatterjee "Way To Go", Anosh Irani''s "Dahanu Road", Usha K R''s "Monkey-man" and "Tiger Hills" by Sarita Mandanna failing to make it to the shortlist.

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