Revealed: December 16, 2019 eight:36:06 pm
Creator Amitabha Bagchi has received this yr’s DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, for his novel Half the Evening is Gone.
The celebrated DSC Prize is price US $25,000. It defines ‘South Asia’ as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A significant a part of Bagchi’s third novel, Half The Night Is Gone, relies within the old-forgotten world of scheming zamindars, doubtful morals and a person lamenting misplaced alternatives. Bagchi’s consideration to element ensures the readers are transported to that point, smelling the grime and listening to the creaking sound made by rusted doorways.
He was introduced the winner Monday on the IME Nepal Literature Pageant in Nepal. Bagchi was handed over the prize by Nepal’s Overseas Minister Pradeep Gyawali. This yr’s worldwide jury panel was headed by Harish Trivedi, and had Jeremy Tambling, Kunda Dixit, Carmen Wickramagamage and Rifat Munim as its different members.
The second now we have been ready for is right here. Jury Chair Harish Trivedi pronounces Amitabha Bagchi because the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 for his novel “Half the Evening is Gone” #DSCPrize2019 #IMENepalLitFest @Nepallitfest pic.twitter.com/TKE5KzX6EV
— The DSC Prize (@thedscprize) December 16, 2019
Now in its ninth version, the award obtained 90 entries. The submissions got here from 22 publishers, pointing to an elevated curiosity and selection in South Asian writing. The entries served as a well timed marker of the tendencies in South Asian fiction writing.
Six books have been shortlisted — other than Bagchi’s, these included The Far Area by Madhuri Vijay, which additionally received the JCB Prize for Literature; The Metropolis and the Sea by Raj Kamal Jha; There’s Gunpowder within the Air by Manoranjan Byapari (Translated by Arunava Sinha); The Empty Room by Sadia Abbas and 99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochi.
— The DSC Prize (@thedscprize) November 6, 2019
One of many main takeaways from the awards this yr was the truth that among the many 90 entries obtained, 37 have been by first-time authors. On the identical time, there was additionally a big presence of ladies writers, with 42 novels penned by them and 6 ladies concerned as translators.
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