New Delhi: The fifth version of the longlist is announced for the 2022 JCB Prize for Literature. The listing of ten novels was chosen by a panel of 5 judges: A.S. Panneerselvan, (Chair) journalist and editor, Amitabha Bagchi, writer; Rakhee Balaram, writer, and academician; Dr. J. Devika, translator, historian, and academician; and Janice Pariat, writer.
The longlist for 2022 is dominated by 6 translations. Amidst titles in Bengali and Malayalam, titles in Urdu, Hindi, and Nepali have been featured within the longlist for the primary time. A very numerous illustration of what Indian fiction has to supply, the 2022 longlist brings forth tales from Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Kalimpong, Punjab, Kolkata, Kerala, and the heartland.
The longlist was chosen from an unlimited vary of submissions by writers from sixteen states writing in eight languages together with English, revealed between 1st August 2021 and thirty first July 2022.
Commenting on the longlist for 2022 and the general studying expertise, A.S. Panneerselvan, Chair of the jury noticed, “This yr’s deliberation to pick out the novels for the JCB prize for the 2022-long listing was an enriching expertise. It was a wealthy assortment, the translations from totally different languages confirmed how writers have been pushing the linguistic and artistic boundaries to doc our lives. These ten novels are in a way a metaphor of up to date India, the place every language is permitted to shine; its intrinsic magnificence just isn’t subsumed by the opposite.”
The 2022 longlist are:
» Rohzin by Rahman Abbas, translated from Urdu by Sabika Abbas Naqvi (Vintage Books, 2022)
» Imaanby ManoranjanByapari, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha(EKA, 2021)
» Escaping the Land by Mamang Dai (Speaking Tiger, 2021)
» Paradise of Food by Khalid Jawed, translated from Urdu by Baran Farooqi (Juggernaut, 2022)
» Song of the Soil by ChudenKabimo, translated from Nepali by AjitBaral(Rachna Books, 2021)
» Spirit Nights by EasterineKire (Simon &Schuster, 2022)
» Crimson Spring by Navtej Sarna (Aleph Book Company, 2022)
» The Odd Book of Baby Names by Anees Salim (Penguin Hamish Hamilton, 2021)
» Tomb of Sandby Geetanjali Shree, translated from Hindi by Daisy Rockwell(Penguin Random House India, 2022)
» Valli by Sheela Tomy, translated from Malayalam by JayasreeKalathil (Harper Perennial, 2022)
The JCB Prize for Literature is now in its fifth yr, and the 2018 Prize was granted to Benyamin for his Jasmine Days, which was translated from Malayalam by Shahnaz Habib. Madhuri Vijay received the prize in 2019 for her movie The Far Field. The Prize was awarded in 2020 to S. Hareesh for his Moustache, which was translated from Malayalam by JayasreeKalathil, and in 2021 to M.Mukundan for Delhi: A Soliloquy, which was translated by Fathima E.V. and Nandakumar Ok.
Talking in regards to the journey of the JCB Prize for Literature and the assist it has had from the business, MitaKapur, Literary Director, stated, “The JCB Prize is happy with satisfaction to announce a Longlist of ten books which can be bracing, vigorous, transformative, experimental in voice and story. Elemental to storytelling, every e-book takes hovering flights of creativeness whilst it’s strongly rooted in India. The Prize enters its fifth yr, marking 50 Long-listed titles that catch the heart beat of our literary traditions. This journey, of course, can be incomplete with out the publishers who carry these tales to gentle, the bookstores, on-line and offline, that give them a platform, and the readers who open themselves to the brand new worlds these books create.”
The JCB Prize for Literature is awarded every year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author. The jury will announce the shortlist of 5 titles in October. The winner of the Rs 25-lakh JCB Prize for Literature shall be announced on nineteenth November. If the successful work is a translation, the translator will obtain an extra Rs 10 lakh. Each of the 5 shortlisted authors will obtain Rs 1 lakh; if a shortlisted work is a translation, the translator will obtain Rs 50,000.