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Manoranjan Byapari among 5 authors shortlisted for JCB Prize for Literature

Manoranjan Byapari among 5 authors shortlisted for JCB Prize for Literature

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Oct 2019, 02:09 pm

Kolkata, Oct 4 (UNI) Manoranjan Byapari, Roshan Ali, Perumal Murugan, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar and Madhuri Vijay's names were announced today as the five authors shortlisted for the 2019 JCB Prize for Literature.

The shortlist was announced by Pradip Krishen, Chair of the 2019 jury, and Rana Dasgupta, Literary Director of the Prize, in New Delhi, according to an e-mailed statement issued to UNI here.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges: Pradip Krishen, filmmaker and environmentalist (Chair); Anjum Hasan, author and critic; K.R. Meera, author; Parvati Sharma, author; and Arvind Subramanian, economist and former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

The JCB Prize for Literature celebrates the very finest achievements in Indian writing. It is presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer, as selected by the jury.

Ib's Endless Search for Satisfaction by Roshan Ali (Penguin Random House India, 2019).

There's Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha (Westland Publications, 2018)

Trial by Silence and Lonely Harvest by Perumal Murugan, translated from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Penguin Random House India, 2018)

My Father's Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar (Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited, 2018)

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (HarperCollins India, 2019).

Commenting on the shortlist Mr Krishen, said, "Bringing voices from across the country, these novels address the many specific difficulties of living a life in Indian society. With a combination of lyricism and humour, the five novelists portray characters who are at odds with their - very different - worlds. Their private struggles help illuminate larger themes, including patriarchy in rural southern India, religious and political conflict in Kashmir, and social and sexual marginalization in eastern India. Taken together these novels remind us that fiction remains the most powerful way for a society to examine its fundamental concerns."

Rana Dasgupta added, “This year’s shortlist displays a satisfying diversity of voices, as is appropriate to the scale and variety of this country. These five books transport us to very different parts of India, and give us access to very different kinds of life. Each of them is imbued by the spirit of its moment, which is perhaps why the shortlist has such an unsettled, turbulent flavour. But literature contains wisdom too, and the deep sense of justice in these books reminds us why, whatever our reality, we continue to care, hope and strive.

Each of the five shortlisted authors will receive Rs 1 lakh; if a shortlisted work is a translation, the translator will receive an additional Rs 50,000. The winner of the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature will be announced at the awards dinner on November two. If the winning work is a translation, the translator will receive an additional Rs 10 lakh.