Thayil wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian writer Jeet Thayil has won the third DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, worth $50,000, for his debut novel Narcopolis (Faber).

Chair of the prize jury K Satchidandan, praised the "extreme verbal artistry and lyrical intensity" of the winning novel, set in Bombay in the 1970s and also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Thayil won from a shortlist of six which also included Jamil Ahmad's The Wandering Falcon (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India), Tahmima Anam's The Good Muslim (Penguin), Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India), Mohammed Hanif's Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (Random House India) and Uday Prakash's The Walls of Delhi (UWA Publishing).

The prize was awarded at the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival, which continues until 28th January.