JCB longlist 2019

A long list of 10 books for the 2019 JCB Prize for Literature has been released recently.

Apart from the most famous literary Prize in the country, the recognition and fame comes with a cash prize of ₹25 lakh and an additional ₹10 lakh for translation.

The total of ten book include four debut novels

The debutants

( In no specific order)

  1. Ib’s Endless Search for Satisfaction by Roshan Ali Publisher -Penguin Random House
  2. Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale
    Publisher – Westland Publications
  3. A Patchwork Family by Mukta Sathe Publisher – Speaking Tiger Publishing
  4. The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
    Publisher – HarperCollins

The next six books are 

  1. There’s Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari, translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha (Publisher – Westland Publications)
  2. The City and the Sea by Rajkamal Jha (Publisher – Penguin Random House)
  3. The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Manivannan (Publisher -HarperCollins India)
  4. Trial by Silence and Lonely Harvest by Perumal Murugan, translated from Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Publisher – Penguin Random House)
  5. My Father’s Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar (Publisher – Speaking Tiger Publishing )
  6. Secret History of Compassion by Paul Zacharia (Publisher – Westland Publications)

The jury included

  1. Pradip Krishen (filmmaker and environmentalist )
  2. Anjum Hasan (author and critic)
  3. K.R. Meera (author)
  4. Parvati Sharma (author)
  5. Arvind Subramanian (economist)

Described by Mr. Krishen, jury chairperson,as

These are novels about working-class struggles and upper-class unease, historical evocations and contemporary conflicts, each written in an absolutely distinctive voice.”

The jury will announce the shortlist of five titles on October 4 & The winner will be announced on November 2.

The 2018 JCB Prize for Literature was awarded to Jasmine Days by Benyamin, translated from Malayalam by Shahnaz Habib and published by Juggernaut Books, the book was lauded for

raising profound questions about the relationship between crime, punishment and forgiveness”.

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