Aravind Adiga, Amitav Ghosh’s works in Dublin literary award longlist

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Novels by four Indian authors, including Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh, are among 154 titles long listed for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin literary award.

Besides Adiga’s “Last Man in Tower” and Ghosh’s “River of Smoke”, “The Sly Company of People Who Care” by Rahul Bhattacharya and Indian-Canadian novelist Anita Rau Badami’s “Tell It to the Trees” are in contention for the Euro 100,000 prize, presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English.

The books are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ by public libraries in cities throughout the world making the longlist unique in its coverage of international fiction.

The shortlist will be announced on April 9 and the winner declared on June 6 next year.

The award is an initiative of Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin, in partnership with IMPAC, a management productivity enhancement company.

Organised by Dublin City Public Libraries, the 2013 Award was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri.

“The 154 eligible nominations for the award come from 120 cities and 44 countries worldwide. 42 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 47 are first novels.

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