Out of seven authors, three Indian have been figured to compete for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. The Man Asian Literary Prize is given annually to the best novel by a writer from one of 26 countries in South Asia and East Asia. To be eligible, a book must either have been written in English or translated into English. The winning author is awarded $30,000 and the translator (if any) $5,000. Novelists Chang-rae Lee (“The Surrendered”) and Vikas Swaru (“Q&A,” the novel upon which “Slumdog Millionaire” was based) also served as judges this year.
Previous winners of the Man Asian Literary Prize include Chinese writers Bi Feiyu (“Three Sisters”) and Su Tong (“The Boat to Redemption”) and Miguel Syjuco (“Illustrado”), of the Philippines.
Jamil Ahmad, Pakistan - The Wandering Falcon (Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
Jahnavi Barua, India - Rebirth (Penguin India/Penguin Books)
Rahul Bhattacharya, India - The Sly Company of People Who Care (Pan Macmillan/Pan Macmillan India/Picador)
Amitav Ghosh, India - River of Smoke (John Murray/Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
Kyung-sook Shin, South Korea - Please Look After Mom (Alfred A. Knopf)
Yan Lianke, China - Dream of Ding Village (Grove Atlantic)
Banana Yoshimoto, Japan - The Lake (Melville House)
Four of the shortlisted novels were originally written in English; the novels from South Korea, China and Japan are all judged in translation.