The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. — File Photo

JAIPUR: Pakistan's Intizar Hussain is among the 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. 

American author Marilynne Robinson, China’s Yan Lianke, Israel’s Aharon Appelfeld are also among the finalists.

The award, an offshoot of Britain’s better-known Man Booker Prize, is awarded for a lifetime’s work. It is open to authors of all nationalities whose work is available in English.

Hussain has several novels translated from Urdu into English including Naya Ghar and Basti. He is also a regular columnist for Dawn.

Finalists announced on Thursday at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India include Lydia Davis of the United States, France’s Marie NDiaye and Indian writer U.R. Ananthamurthy. Josip Novakovich of Canada, Russia’s Vladimir Sorokin and Swiss writer Peter Stamm complete the list.

Previous winners of the $95,000 award include Canada’s Alice Munro, Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe and Philip Roth of the United States.

This year’s winner will be announced in London on May 22.

Around 150 authors were considered for the prize, Christopher Ricks, the chairman of the five-man judging panel, said.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.—Agencies

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Comments (6)

Waseem
January 26, 2013 3:43 pm
I wish one of my favorite writers to be recognized internationally.
Mir
January 26, 2013 11:26 am
Fantastic. Would be great to have a Pakistani Bokker prize
Satyameva Jayate
January 26, 2013 8:30 am
Congratulations, Mr. Intizar Hussain. Food for Thought for those who only unearth international conspiracies against Pakistan and Pakistanis.
Mirza Imran Ahsan
January 26, 2013 4:24 am
Good luck Intizar.
Noman
January 25, 2013 9:46 pm
From what I understand, the Booker Prize is awarded for a specific work. I've been scouring the net for the name of Mr. Hussain's work that was shortlisted. No success so far. But at least our own Dawn should have reported this story more in-depth and highlighted it. After all, the Booker is a huge deal in literature. But disappointingly, it seems that Dawn has only picked up the story from international news agencies. The wording is almost the same as that on other web sites.
Mohammad Ataullah
January 25, 2013 1:38 pm
Before receiving awards from any organization we should have enough self respect, diginity and sense to recognize by research, who is giving, what is their agenda. By accepting, whose company will I be joining or become accessory or pushing what agenda?
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