Having authored six out of the ten books chosen for the JCB Prize for Literature longlist, ladies writers dominated the record introduced on Tuesday.
The ladies writers on the record embrace Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line; Manjul Bajaj for In Seek for Heer; Jahnavi Barua for Undertow; Dharini Bhaskar for These, Our Our bodies, Possessed by Gentle; Megha Majumdar for A Burning; and Annie Zaidi for Prelude to a Riot.
Anappara, Bhaskar, Zaidi, and Majumdar additionally occur to be debut writers chosen for the longlist this yr.
Now in its third version, the Prize carries an quantity of Rs 25 lakh and is awarded every year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author. It’s the costliest Indian award for writing.
The record additionally options two translations — Moustache by S. Hareesh, translated from the Malayalam by Jayasree Kalathil, and A Ballad of Remittent Fever: A Novel by Ashoke Mukhopadhyay, translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha.
Different books on the record embrace Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu and The Machine is Studying by Tanuj Solanki. This yr’s jury was chaired by Leela Samson, former chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Different members had been Tejaswini Niranjana, creator and professor; Aruni Kashyap, creator; Ramu Ramanathan, playwright and director; and Deepika Sorabjee, head of arts and tradition portfolio on the Tata Trusts.
“The longlisted books this yr convey out the distinctive voice of every character and inform tales which might be imaginative & highly effective, offering us with contemporary insights into the up to date world even when a few of them are set in historic instances,” stated the jury.
The shortlist, which can embrace 5 titles, might be introduced on September 25. The winner might be declared on November 7.
If the profitable guide is a translation, then each the creator and the translator might be acknowledged and awarded, and the latter might be given a further Rs 10 lakh. Additionally, every of the shortlisted authors will obtain Rs 1 lakh. In an identical vein, the translator will obtain Rs 50,000.
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