Three Asian authors make the Man Booker International Prize shortlist
Man Booker International Prize shortlisted two Chinese writers -- Wang Anyi and Su Tong -- and India-born Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry
by Daisy Li
Date Published: 04/05/2011
Man Booker International Prize finalists Su Tong, Wang Anyi, and Rohinton Mistry
On March 30, the Man Booker International Prize's judges announced the list of finalists, which includes 13 writers from eight countries. The prestigious prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or translated to English edition.
Nanjing native Wang Anyi, the chairwoman of the Shanghai Writers' Association, received the Mao Dun Literature Awards in 2000 for her nostalgic novel The Song of Everlasting Sorrow.
Su Tong, a 48-year-old author in Suzhou, won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009 for his novel The Boat to Redemption. His novella Wives and Concubines was adapted to a film by director Zhang Yimou, Raise the Red Lanterns.
Born in Mumbai and currently based in Ontario, Canada, Rohinton Mistry has been on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize three times: in 1991 for his second novel Such a Long Journey, in 1996 for his third novel A Fine Balance, and in 2002 for his fourth book Family Matters.
The final decision of Man Booker International Prize will be announced in Sydney on May 18, and the winner will be awarded with 60,000 British pounds (around $96,000 US dollars). For more information, go to the Man Booker Prize official website.