Kim Thuy makes Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

ru-kim-thuy-200.jpgKim Thuy's poetic novel Ru has made the longlist for the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize.

Ru, which was inspired by the Saigon-born, Montreal-based author's own experiences immigrating to Canada from war-torn Vietnam during the late 1970s, was recently a finalist for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was originally published in French, and has been translated into English by celebrated translator Sheila Fischman.

She faces stiff competition for the annual Asian literary award, which is worth around CAD$30,000.

Silent House by Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk is one of the 15 longlisted books. Elif Shafak, another of Turkey's leading writers, who was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006 for The Bastard of Istanbul, is in the running for her book Honour, about a clash of cultures within immigrant families in 1970s London, England. Another contender is Malaysia-based novelist Tan Twan Eng'sThe Garden of Evening Mists, a post-Second World War story about an unlikely relationship between the survivor of a Japanese wartime camp and a Japanese master gardener. Eng's 2007 debut novel The Gift of Rain was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. And Indian author Jeet Thayil's first novel, Narcopolis, which was shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize, is also on the list.

The shortlist will be announced on January 9, 2013, with the winner being revealed at a black tie gala in Hong Kong on March 14.

Here's a complete look at the longlist:

Goat Days
- Benyamin (India)
Between Clay and Dust - Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan)
Another Country - Anjali Joseph (India)
The Briefcase - Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)
Thinner Than Skin - Uzma Aslam Khan (Pakistan)
Ru - Kim Thuy (Vietnam / Canada)
Black Flower - Young-Ha Kim (South Korea)
Island of a Thousand Mirrors - Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)
Silent House - Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
Honour - Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Northern Girls - Sheng Keyi (China)
The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)
The Road to Urbino - Roma Tearne (Sri Lanka / U.K.)
Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil (India)
The Bathing Women - Tie Ning (China)

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