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RP authors in Asian book prize shortlist


Agence France-Presse
First Posted 15:32:00 10/22/2008

Filed Under: Awards and Prizes, Literature

HONG KONG -- Books by two Filipino authors -- "Illustrado" by Miguel Syjuco and "The Music Child" by Alfred A. Yuson -- are among five works shortlisted for a major Asian literary prize, organizers disclosed Wednesday.

The winners of the $10,000 prize for the second Man Asian Literary Prize, which is open to novels that have not been published in English, will be announced at a ceremony in Hong Kong on November 13.

The prize is backed by the company that sponsors the prestigious Booker prize in Britain.

"The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay" by Mumbai-based author Siddharth Dhanvant, "The Story That Must not Be Told," by Indian author Kavery Nambisan, and Chinese author Yu Hua's "Brothers," complete the list.

"All the books breathe with a vibrant sense of what the Asian world is today -- modern, yet connected to tradition, aware of change but saturated with the past," chair of the judges Adrienne Clarkson said in a statement.

"I really had the sense that I could feel the living vibrant worlds these novels describe."

Last year's inaugural prize was won by Chinese author Jiang Rong for his novel "Wolf Totem," which has since been published by Penguin.

Shanghvi?s novel follows the affair of a married older woman and a young photographer, and was described by organizers as "a sharp and ravishing examination of India's perverse fascination with celebrity."

Jiang?s ?Brothers? drew on his experience as one of the first intellectuals to move to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution.



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