Narcopolis on DSC shortlist

Jeet Thayil’s Man Booker-shortlisted novel Narcopolis (Faber) has reached the shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013.

Penguin also has a strong showing on the six-strong list, with two Hamish Hamilton titles, Jamil Ahmad’s The Wandering Falcon and River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, both also published by Penguin India. Penguin’s The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam is also shortlisted.

The list is completed by Mohammed Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (Vintage/Random House India) and The Walls of Delhi by Uday Prakash, translated by Jason Grunebaum (UWA Publishing).

K Satchidanandan, chair of the judging jury, said: “The six shortlisted books from different countries represent the diversity of South Asian fiction in terms of theme as well as idiom.

"We were looking for works which are thematically fresh, stylistically innovative and are a definitive contribution to novel as a genre." He added: "we were unanimous in our final choice".

The winner of the prize, announced on 25th January 2013 during the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, receives INR 2,800,000 (£32,000).