The OF Blog: 2012 Man Asian Prize nominees

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 Man Asian Prize nominees

Regrettably, I did not hear about this until today, so it'll be very tough sledding to read the majority, much less all of them, by March 15, when the winner will be announced.  But I was able to buy sic of the seven as e-books through iBooks, so I should find some time to read them, now that I've finished reading all of the National Book Critics Circle Award nominees that I planned to read to in three categories (those reviews, like the ones for these books, will be appearing in the near future on Gogol's Overcoat):

"The Wandering Falcon" by Jamil Ahmad (of Pakistan)
"Rebirth" by Jahnavi Barua (of India) [not available in e-book and hard to find in print in US]

"The Sly Company of People Who Care" by Rahul Bhattacharya (of India)
"River of Smoke" by Amitav Ghosh (of India)
"Please Look After Mom" by Kyung-Sook Shin (of South Korea)
"Dream of Ding Village" by Yan Lianke (of China)
"The Lake" by Banana Yoshimoto (of Japan)
Of these authors, I've only read Yoshimoto beforehand and if her past work is indicative of the quality here, then this shortlist should contain some excellent reading.  If any of you have read any of these stories/authors, care to chime in with your thoughts?

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