The finalists for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize were announced on 24 March at the University of Cape Town, with 10 authors from around the world contending for the £60,000 (nearly $90,000) prize.
Kolkata born, 58-year-old Amitav Ghosh, is the only Indian author who is among the 10 finalists for the prized award that is given out every two years to a living author who has published fiction, either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The writer had narrowly missed out on the Booker Prize back in 2008 when he was shortlisted for his work 'Sea of Poppies'. Ghosh has been awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal society of Literature.
This year's prize hailed from ten countries with six new nationalities included on the list for the first time. They are from Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo.
The other nine authors on the list are: Cesar Aira (Argentina), Hoda Barakat (Lebanon), Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe), Mia Couto (Mozambique), Fanny Howe (United States of America), Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya), Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary), Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo), Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa).
The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 19 May. Previous winners have been Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare, who won the inaugural prize in 2005.
.... Devashree Goenka