Close on the heels of an Indian writer Arvind Adiga bagging the prestigious Booker prize, another Indian Indra Sinha is in reckoning for the richest literary award in Australia.
India-born writer and activist Indra Sinha’s book “Animal’s People” is in the long list for the Australia-Asia Literary Award worth USD 76,244 along with Nobel laureate J M Coetzee and Japan’s Haruki Murakami.
Sinha’s book, a moving account of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims, is already the winner of 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best book from Europe and South Asia. it was also shortlisted for Man Booker Prize-2007.
Pakistan-born author Mohsin Hamid’s book “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is also in the list.
The award is for a work of fiction written by an author living in Australia or Asia, or a work primarily set in Australia or in an Asian country. It can be published electronically or in print, the organisers said.
The other writers, who have made it to the list are recent Booker prize contender Michelle de Kretser, Australian authors David Malouf and Janet Turner Hospital, Matthew Condon, Ceridwen Dover, Rodney Hall, Mireille Juchau and Alex Miller.
The entries would be judged by Melbourne literary critic Peter Craven, Pakistani-born author Kamila Shamsie and the Hong Kong-based founder of the Asia Literary Review Nury Vittachi.
The winner of the award will be announced on November 21