So the official panel have cheated, and put 7 books on the shortlist for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. They are:
The Wandering Falcon – Jamil AHMAD
Rebirth – Jahnavi BARUA
The Sly Company of People Who Care – Rahul BHATTACHARYA
River of Smoke – Amitav GHOSH
Please Look After Mother – SHIN Kyung-sook
Dream of Ding Village – YAN Lianke
The Lake – YOSHIMOTO Banana
Click on the links above to go to my reviews for these titles. I’ve read both The Wandering Falcon and The Sly Company of People Who Care, and these reviews will be up as next week and the week after’s reviews. Rebirth is very difficult to acquire, and Penguin India are proving particularly elusive in trying to source a reading copy. However, Lisa is on it, and hopefully one will appear soon.
I picked the latter four on the shortlist in my own dream shortlist, so I’m quite pleased to see the actual judges and I think in similar ways. I’m very sad to see that The Valley of Masks didn’t make it, though I’m not entirely surprised. Please, if you can get a copy, read it. It truly is wonderful.
Reviews for the entire longlist from us at the Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize Jury can be found here.
It’s going to be a tough decision to pick just one novel from these seven strong contenders. Let the battle begin.