Jhumpa Lahiri in Man Booker shortlist
Indian American author and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland has been shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize, organisers said Tuesday.
The Lowland provides a view of suburban Kolkata (Calcutta) through the eyes of Subhash, who is divided from his rebel Naxalite brother Udayan.
Besides Lahiri, a member of US President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, two-time Booker nominee and Irish writer Colm Toibin, English writer Jim Crace, NoViolet Bulawayo of Zimbabwe, New Zealander Eleanor Catton, and Canadian Ruth Ozeki have been included in the shortlist.
The Booker Prize winner, announced on Oct 15, will receive £50,000.
The six shortlisted authors will receive £2,500 each and be presented with a hard-bound edition of their book.
The six books a panel chaired by Robert Macfarlane selected from a longlist are:
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton.
We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo.
Harvest – Jim Crace.
A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki.
The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin.
–Indo-Asian News Service