Karunatilaka wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012
Jaipur, 21st January 2012
$50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012 was awarded to
Singapore based Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for his book
Chinaman, a novel that explores cricket as a metaphor to uncover
a lost life and a lost history. Chinaman skilfully uses sport and
the notion of fair play to look at Sri Lanka in a fresh and exciting
way. The US $50,000 cheque was awarded to Shehan Karunatilaka by
Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan,
at a ceremony attended by eminent literary figures, renowned authors,
international media and a diverse literary audience at the DSC Jaipur
A total of six authors were part of the Shortlist for the DSC Prize
2012 from which the winner was announced. The other shortlisted
- U.R. Ananthamurthy: Bharathipura
(Oxford University Press, India, Translated by Susheela Punitha),
A Street in Srinagar (Zubaan Books, India, Translated by Manisha
K.R: Monkey-man (Penguin/Penguin India),
Thing About Thugs (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins-India),
Nambisan: The Story that Must Not Be Told (Viking/Penguin India).
The DSC Prize was judged by a distinguished Jury chaired by Ira
Pande along with Dr. Alastair Niven, Dr. Fakrul Alam , Faiza S Khan
and Marie Brenner. Commenting on the occasion Ira Pande, Jury chairperson
said: The jury unanimously chose this years winner.
While this fact in itself is a historic one for book juries are
notorious for spirited battles over lists and winners, let me add
that this years winner is also important for several other
reasons. The winning title is a brilliant narration of all that
is both great and sad about South Asia and in that sense it brings
a world to the reader that needs to be seen outside this region.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in January
2010 to celebrate writing that highlights the South Asian region,
its people, culture and diaspora. The DSC Prize, which has been
envisioned as a unique and prestigious award, recognizes the literary
works of authors across the globe writing on South Asia, transcending
the origin or ethnicity of the author. The DSC Prize for South Asian
Literature 2011 was awarded to HM Naqvi for his debut novel Home
Boy (HarperCollins India).
DSC Prize is guided by an international Advisory Committee of eminent
literary personalities comprising MJ Akbar, Urvashi Butalia, Tina
Brown, William Dalrymple, Lord Meghnad Desai, David Godwin, Surina
Narula, Senath Walter Perera, Nayantara Sehgal and Michael Worton.