I think I’m the last of the shadow jury to announce this, so just in case any of you haven’t seen the news…
The longlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize was announced tonight in Hong Kong.
Goat Days – BENYAMIN
Between Clay and Dust – Musharraf Ali FAROOQI
Another Country – Anjali JOSEPH
The Briefcase – KAWAKAMI Hiromi
Thinner Than Skin – Usma Aslam KHAN
Ru – Kim THUY
Black Flower – KIM Young-ha
Island of a Thousand Mirrors – Nayomi MUNAWEERA
Silent House – Orhan PAMUK
Honour – Elif SHAFAK
Northern Girls – SHENG Keyi
The Garden of Evening Mists – TAN Twan Eng
The Road to Urbino – Roma TEARNE
Narcopolis – Jeet THAYIL
The Bathing Women – TIE Ning
Some initial thoughts:
It’s 15 books!!! Authors from 9 countries are represented. There are 6 men and 9 women shortlisted. 7 are translated (Ru from French, of all things), the other 8 are originally in English. Like last year, there’s a Nobel Prize winning author on the list – it will be interesting to see if Pamuk can do better than Murakami did. I’m surprised Thuy and Tearne are on there – they’ve expanded the requirements for authors, so some expats are now allowed in. Completely unsurprised to see the two Booker-shortlisted novels there. That Pamuk book is 30 years old, which is one of the quirks of this award. If I was a good person, I’d read the Kawakami in Japanese, but I’m very lazy. I’m most excited about the Kim Young-ha book, which I’ve been waiting for.
Time to get reading, I guess.
The official announcement is here.
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