Man Asian Prize finalists and review plans

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments

The Man Asian Prize for Fiction will be announcing the winner of its annual award (founded in 2007) on Thursday, March 15 for works published in English or English translation in 2011 by Asian authors.  Below are the shortlisted titles.


The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad (of Pakistan)

Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua (of India) [not available in e-book and hard to find in print in US]

The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (of India)

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (of India)

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (of South Korea)

Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke (of China)

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (of Japan)


I have read six of the seven finalist (Rebirth was not available as an e-book and while it is being shipped from India, I fear it may not arrive in time for me to read it before the winner is announced early Thursday morning my time.  But I can safely say, having read the others, that this is a very strong group of finalists.  The Lianke, Shin, and Yoshimoto books in particular moved me, and the Bhattacharya, Ahmad, and Ghosh were a tiny half-step behind them.  Over the next few days, I will have more to say about these fine novels.  Hopefully, one or more of these stories may enchant you as well.

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