Murakami and Ghosh to compete for Man Asian Prize

Titles by Haruki Murakami and Amitav Ghosh have been longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize among 12 novels from countries spanning Japan, Iran, China and Bangladesh.

Murakami’s 1Q84 makes the list alongside Ghosh’s River of Smoke. Others on the list include Tahmima Anam’s The Good Muslim and Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care.

The list was whittled down from 90 submissions, with the longlist announced at the Singapore Writers Festival. Chair of judges, the BBC’s Razia Iqbal said: “In scope, range and subject matter, our longlist presents us with the epic as well as the quotidian, the established writers as well as some on the cusp of greater success.”

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on 10th January 2012 with the winner announced on 15th March at an event in Hong Kong.

The longlist in full:

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad (Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam (Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua  (Penguin India/Penguin Books)
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi  (Haus Publishing)
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (John Murray/Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Harvill Secker)
The Folded Earth Anuradha Roy (Quercus/Maclehose Press/Hachette India)
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (Knopf)
The Valley of Masks by Tarun J Tejpal (HarperCollins India/4th Estate)
Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke  (Grove Atlantic)
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (Melville House)