Two Pakistani authors, Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid, have been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018, which focuses on South Asian fiction writing and is considered one of the most prestigious international literary awards.
Kamila Shamsie is nominated for her seventh novel Home Fire, which also won Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year. On the other hand, Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel Exit West has been selected – the same book was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize in 2017. The two are competing against four other titles by Indian writers – the list includes 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 names shortlisted for DSC Prize 2018, which is in its eighth year, were announced recently at a special event at the London School of Economics & Political Science. The annual international literary honour awards a monetary prize of US $25,000 to authors writing about South Asia and its people.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, which is scheduled to take place in Kolkata, India in January, 2019.