Some of our most favourite South Asian authors are on the Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist.
Members of an immigrant Muslim family are compelled to choose between love and loyalty to the state against the backdrop of militancy in Kamila Shamsie’s latest book Home Fire, a contemporary retelling of Sophocles’s play Antigone. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which marked Arundhati Roy’s return to fiction after 20 years, weaves the story of a transgender woman in Old Delhi with India’s recent political history and the Kashmir resistance movement. Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West speaks of the global refugee crisis with a clear sense of hope for the future.
The three South Asian writers are joined by 10 other international authors on the 13-book longlist. The Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist will be announced on 13 September 2017.
Kamila Shamsie for Home Fire
Arundhati roy for The ministry of Utmost Happiness.