Two Pakistani Writers Nominated For DSC Prize For South Asian Literature

Literature is often an ignored and lesser appreciated area in this doctor and engineer obsessed society. But those who love literature and are equipped with the weapon of words pave a way for themselves, somehow and somewhere.

Meet two ambitious Pakistanis, who have fought against all odds and have gained global recognition for their work. Two incredible Pakistani writers Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid have been shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is a literary prize awarded annually to writers from different ethnic backgrounds but are writing about cultural, political and religious landscape and issues being faced by the people of South Asia. The vision is to encourage and celebrate the writers and bring a brighter, more clear picture of the situation prevalent in South Asia in front of the entire world

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The two entries made by the respected individuals are Home FireShamsie’s seventh novel and Hamid’s Exit West. 

Both novels were immensely appreciated globally.

“Shamsie’s prose is, as always, elegant and evocative. Home Fire pulls off a fine balancing act: it is a powerful exploration of the clash between society, family and faith in the modern world while tipping its hat to the same dilemma in the ancient one.” – wrote Washington Post about Shamsie’s Home Fire.

They will be competing against four other authors for the prize money of $25000. Against Pakistan’s two nominations, four out of other six shortlisted candidates are from India. The selected work by the said  Indian authors are No Presents Please by Jayant Kaikini, Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous by Manu Joseph, A State Of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee and Harilal & Sons by  Sujit Saraf. 

Last year, the British-Pakistani author was shortlisted for the award. The nomination of Pakistani authors in such a competitive competition shows that the country does have a respectably broad literary intellectual cohort that also needs more encouragement and celebration on the national level as well.

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