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Thayil and Twan Eng on Man Asian longlist
04.12.12 | Bookseller Staff
Two novels shortlisted for this year's Man Booker will have a chance of winning the Man Asian Literary Prize, as it announced its longlist today.
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber) and The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon) have both made the longlist for the $30,000 award.
Also in the running are two from HarperCollins imprints: Another Country by Anjali Joseph (Fourth Estate) and The Bathing Woman by Tie Ning (Blue Door). Roma Tearne's The Road to Urbino (Abacus) is also longlisted, alongside Silent House by Orhan Pamuk (Faber) and Ru by Kim Thúy (Clerkenwell Press).
The list is completed by Goat Days by Benyamin (Penguin India); Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Aleph); The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami (Counterpoint); Thinner Than Skin by Uzma Aslam Khan (Interlink Publishing, Clockroot Books and HarperCollins Canada); Black Flower by Young-Ha Kim (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (Perera-Hussain); and Northern Girls by Sheng Keyi (Penguin China, Viking in assoc. with Penguin Australia).
Critic, journalist and chair of Judges, Maya Jaggi, said: "The far-ranging stories on our longlist draw the reader into some beautiful and some grueling landscapes . . . I am delighted to see that range reflected in the breadth of original languages on our list, with novels translated from Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as Turkish, French and Malayalam.”
A record 108 published novels were submitted for this year's prize. A shortlist of five or six will be announced on 9th January, with the winner revealed on 14th March. A new sponsor will be announced in April 2013, after Man steps down, with negotiations with interested sponsors "currently ongoing" according to the prize.