Two Pakistani authors long listed for Man Asian Literary Prize 2012

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In Man Asian Literary Prize, the long list is displayed.Two Pakistani authors are among the 15 long listed writers. The prize for the winner is $30,000.

From nine different Asian countries a record number of 108 published novels were submitted for Asia’s most prestigious literary prize to the panel led by Maya Jaggi, journalist and literary critic.

People submitted their work for prize across Asia from Turkey to Pakistan.

The long list of 15 authors is drawn from 108 published novels.


Two Pakistani authors were among the long-list of 15 writers for Asia’s most prestigious literary prize. Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s “Between Clay and Dust” and Uzma Aslam Khan’s “Thinner Than Skin” were among seven South Asian nominees, including three from India and two from Sri Lanka.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi was also short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for 2013.

Seven books appear in translation, including a Chinese author Sheng Keyi’s “Northern Girls”, whose book is about a sixteen-year-old who leaves her Hunan village and heads for the bright lights of Shenzhen.

Two books that were shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which was won by British author Hilary Mantel for “Bring up the Bodies” in October.

Two books which were selected for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2012 were also included in the list adding Nobel Prize Literature winner, Orhan Pamuk author of “Silent House” from Turkey.

Jeet Thayil’s “Narcopolis”, was also shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and he is one of three Indian authors on the Asian Prize long list.

Benyamin’s “Goat Days” by is about the fate of a refugee worker in the Gulf who is pushed into a slave-like existence as a goat herder in the middle of the brutal Saudi desert.

“Another Country” by Anjali Joseph, follows a twenty-something woman through Paris, London and Bombay at the beginning of the Era.

The Man Asia Literary Prize is the most coveted honour for Asian writers as best novels are given by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English. It started in 2007 in an attempt to highlight authors in the Asian region.

Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 was awarded to Kyung-sook Shin of South Korean for her novel “Please Look After Mom”.Her novel was comprised of a story about a family’s guilty soul-searching after the disappearance of their elderly mother that has gone on to sell more than two million copies.

The Long list Man Asian Literary Prize 2012, is following:

  1. Goat Days – Benyamin (India)
  2. Between Clay and Dust – Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan)
  3. Another Country – Anjali Joseph (India)
  4. The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)
  5. Thinner Than Skin – Uzma Aslam Khan (Pakistan)
  6. Ru – Kim Thuy (Vietnam / Canada)
  7. Black Flower – Young-Ha Kim (South Korea)
  8. Island of a Thousand Mirrors – Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)
  9. Silent House – Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
  10. Honour – Elif Shafak (Turkey)
  11. Northern Girls – Sheng Keyi (China)
  12. The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)
  13. The Road To Urbino – Roma Tearne (Sri Lanka / UK)
  14. Narcopolis – Jeet Thayil (India)
  15. The Bathing Women – Tie Ning (China)