Thursday, July 24, 2008

Man Asian favours the Phillipines

James Wignall writing in The Guardian
Pankaj Mishra, (left),one of the Man Asian judges
The longlist for the second Man Asian literary prize has been announced, and features an unexpectedly strong showing from Filipino writers.
The list, which is chosen from submissions received from all over Asia, comprises 21 works of Asian fiction yet to be published in English from both well established and first-time authors.
Four of the contenders for the $10,000 prize hail from the Philippines. Of these, Alfred A Yuson is by far the most experienced, with 22 books, as well as poetry and essay collections, to his name. His nominated novel, The Music Child, tells of an American journalist who undergoes strange experiences in a southern island in the Philippines.
The three other writers from the Philippines in the running are Ian Rosales Casocot, with Sugar Land; Miguel Syjuco, with Ilustrado; and Lakambini A Sitoy, nominated for Sweet Haven. Sitoy's fiction has appeared in anthologies in her home country and in the United States, Britain and other European countries.
Longlist in full
Melting Love by Tulsi Badrinath
Ugly Tree by Hans Billimoria
Sugar Land by Ian Rosales Casocot
Banished! by Han Dong
Neti, Neti by Anjum Hasan
The To-Let House by Daisy Hasan
The Afghan Girl by Abdullah Hussein
To the Temple by Tsutomu Igarashi
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Rupa Krishnan
Leave Me Alone, Chengdu by Murong Xuecun
The Story that Must Not be Told by Kavery Nambisan
Love in the Chicken's Neck by Sumana Roy
On the Edge of Pandemonium by Vaibhav Saini
Midnight Tales by Salma
Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
Sweet Haven by Lakambini A. Sitoy
The Last Pretence by Sarayu Srivatsa
Ilustrado by Miguel SyjucoMy Friend,
Sancho by Amit VarmaBrothers by Yu Hua
The Music Child by Alfred A Yuson
Link here for the full Guardian story.

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