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Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid nominated for South Asian Literature’s DSC Prize

November 17, 2018
Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid nominated for South Asian Literature’s DSC Prize

They have been shortlisted for their books Home Fire and Exit West

Two Pakistani authors, Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid, have been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 that comes with $25,000.

They have been chosen for the prestigious prize for their books Home Fire and Exit West respectively. Shamsie’s seventh book won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 earlier this year.

Hamid’s fourth novel was counted by former US president Barack Obama as one of his top 10 reads of 2017. Earlier, Shamsie and Hamid were nominated for the coveted Man Booker Prize.

The six shortlisted authors for the DSC prize were revealed at a special event at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Wednesday evening. Later, they also took to Twitter to make the announcement.

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Jury member Tissa Jayatilaka said that Shamsie made each character come alive in Home Fire and tells the story from each characters’ viewpoint.

Jury chair Rudrangshu Mukherjee called Hamid’s Exit West multi-layered and said that it offers hope against hope.

The remaining four books chosen are written by Indian authors. They are Jayant Kaikini’s No Presents Please, Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous, Neel Mukherjee’s A State Of Freedom and Sujit Saraf’s Harilal & Sons. The winner will be announced in January 2019.

 
 
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