Look to the East: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Posted by: Kaite Stover
Facilitators looking to add some international flavor to their reading groups should have a look at the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. This prestigious award will be presented at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
The award’s short list was announced last October and on January 21, the second annual prize will be given in fiction.
Here’s the short list:
Bharathipura by U.R. Ananthamurthy–in contemporary India, a man challenges ancient caste law by bringing “untouchables” into a local temple.
A Street in Srinagar by Chandrakanta–The lives and loves of the residents of this overcrowded street in Srinagar intertwine with humor and poignancy.
Monkey-Man by Usha K. R.–At the start of the new millennium, the people of Bangalore are fascinated, frightened, and puzzled by the appearance of a mysterious creature whose presence may indicate drastic changes for them all.
Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka–A dying man’s stubbornly spends his last months on a quest to find “the greatest cricketer to walk the earth” and his journey illusrates the story of modern day Sri Lanka.
The Thing About Thugs by Tabis Khair–Amir Ali, member of the infamous Thugee cult, is sent to London to have his skull studied for the advancement of phrenological studies and finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation.
The Story that Must Not Be Told by Kavery Nambisan–an aging widower joins forces with a young journalist and his girlfriend to bring improvements to the slum next door and becomes the target of slum terrorists.