Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Penguin scores hat-trick on Man Asian longlist

The Bookseller - 14.12.10 - Graeme Neill

Penguin has secured three nominations on the longlist for the fourth Man Asian Literary Prize.

The longlist features authors from China, India and the Philippines as well as 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Kenzaburo Oe.

The shortlist will be announced in February. The winner will be revealed in Hong Kong on 17th March and awarded $30,000. The judges are Monica Ali, Homi K Bhabha and Hsu-Ming Teo and they whittled down the longlist from 54 titles submitted by publishers.

Ali said: "As a reader I have been entertained, moved and also informed—new worlds have opened up. Most of all, I have enjoyed the elan, the verve and the elegance of my favourite novels. I'm looking forward to arguing for their place on the shortlist."

The longlist in full:

Three Sisters -  Bi Feiyu (Telegram/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Way to Go -  Upamanyu Chatterjee (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books India)

Dahanu Road - Anosh Irani (Doubleday)

Serious Men -  Manu Joseph (HarperCollins)

The Thing About Thugs - Tabish Khair (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins India)

Tiger Hills Sarita Mandanna -  (Viking, Penguin Books India)

The Changeling -  Kenzaburo Oe (Grove Atlantic)

Hotel Iris Yoko Ogawa (Picador, Macmillan)

Monkey-Man - Usha KR (Penguin, Penguin Books India)

Below the Crying Mountain -  Criselda Yabes (University of Philippines Press)

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