Breaking the last three years' stereotype, this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been bestowed on Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam for his The Story of a Brief Marriage. The plot revolves around a young man who is found struggling between the Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers.
The announcement of the prize that took place at the Dhaka Literature Festival, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh has witnessed many literary legends gracing the event. One of the prominent writers, Ritu Menon while speaking of the prize and the winner said that it became a tough challenge for the jury to decide the winner of the shortlist. Although all of the five entries are equally strong in their intensity, the jury zeroed in on the novel The Story of a Brief Marriage which they found was eloquent in its way in portraying a tragic story of.
Here is the shortlist of the DSC prize 2017.
The author Anuk Arudpragasam, who is pursuing his Ph D is now hoping to turn into a full-time writer and if not, he would take the profession of a professor back in his hometown in Sri Lanka.
Incepted in 2011, the internationally coveted literary prize, the DSC Prize, has been awarded to authors of any nationality, provided their theme of writing should be of South Asian. The winner will be awarded USD 25,000 has for the past two years been moved out of JLF to prove it as a boundary-less award.
The previous winners of the DSC prize are Cyrus Mistry - 2014, Jhumpa Lahiri – 2015, Anuradha Roy - 2016.
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