Friday, January 25, 2013

Man Booker International Prize 2013 finalists

Anyone who could have guessed even five of the 10 novelists who have just been revealed as the finalists for the fifth Man Booker International Prize deserves a mass cap-doffing from the wider reading public. 

I'm familiar with works of just two of these novelists: U.R Ananthamurty (India) and Intizar Hossain (Pakistan). Both of them are iconic writers, and hugely respected across the sub-continent. Hossain's classic Urdu novel "Basti" has recently been translated  by Columbia University South Asian scholar  Frances Pritchett.

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