This week, to whet your appetite (unbeknownst to you!), I focused my Monday Musings on Asian Australian writers … What, do you say, was I whetting your appetite for? Well, for a plan to review the longlist for this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize, which is an annual literary award given to the best novel* by an Asian writer published in the previous calendar year. The plan involves a team – conceived by Lisa and Matt (see below) – of bloggers who will review, between them, all the longlisted titles.
The longlisted books are:
- Jamil Ahmad’s The wandering falcon (Pakistan)
- Tahmima Anam’s The good Muslim (Bangladesh)
- Jahnavi Barua’s Rebirth (India)
- Rahul Bhattacharya’s The sly company of people who care (India)
- Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s The colonel (Iran)
- Amitav Ghosh’s River of smoke (India)
- Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 (Japan)
- Anuradha Roy’s The folded earth (India)
- Kyung-Sook Shin’s Please look after mom (South Korea)
- Tarun J Tejpal’s The valley of masks (India)
- Yan Lianke’s Dream of Ding village (China)
- Banana Yoshimoto’s The lake (Japan)
Our Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 blogging team consists of
- Lisa Hill from ANZ LitLovers (Australia)
- Fay from Read, Ramble (US)
- Matt from A Novel Approach (Australia)
- Stu from Winston’s Dad (UK) and
- Sue (c’est moi) from Whispering Gums (Australia)
Each blogger will post her/his own review/s and will also post links to reviews on team members’ blogs.
After the announcement of the shortlist next January and before the winner is announced in March, we will, if possible, select a shadow winner. Watch this space (well, not THIS ACTUAL SPOT) for updates.
Thanks to Kevin from Canada whose Shadow Giller Prize Jury inspired our plan. And again, thanks to Lisa for getting our ball rolling and to Matt for creating our logo. We hope our readers enjoy this coordinated approach to providing reviews …
* The novel can be either written in English or translated to English.