I read about Wolf Totem review on Jackie of Farm Lane Book blog tonight and it pique my interest. For two reasons, first this story is set in Mongolia. Second, it is the prize winner of Man Asian Literary Prize 2007.
I knew Man Asian Literary exists, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. Now that I did, I find this could be a great place to discover budding Asian writers and also read more widely within the region of Asia, besides China, Japan and India.
Is it any wonder why I haven’t heard of it much, much earlier?
Because the Man Asian Literary Prize is founded only very recently, in 2007, and the award is given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English, and published in the previous calendar year. It is awarded to writers who are citizens or residents of one of the following 27 (out of 47) Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, The Hong Kong or Macau SAR’s, The Maldives, The PRC of China, Vietnam.
The winning author is awarded USD 30,000 and the translator (if any) USD 5,000. Submissions are invited through publishers who are entitled to submit two novels by August 31 each year.
The Man Asian Literary Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc., as you know is the main sponsor of the Man Booker Prize.
Past Winners of Man Asian Literary Prize:
2007 Wolf Totem Jiang Rong, translated by Howard Goldblatt (again!)
This March 2011, the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize winner will be announced:
The shortlist will be announced in February 2011.
- Bi Feiyu, Three Sisters
- Upamanyu Chatterjee, Way to Go
- Anosh Irani, Dahanu Road
- Manu Joseph, Serious Men
- Tabish Khair, The Thing About Thugs
- Sarita Mandanna, Tiger Hills
- Kenzaburo Oe, The Changeling
- Yoko Ogawa, Hotel Iris
- Usha K.R., Monkey-man
- Criselda Yabes, Below the Crying Mountain
On that list I have read The Changeling and Hotel Iris. If I hope to say that I have read every book in the prize winner list, this may be a short list to achieve!
I will be interested to see who win this year.