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Moshin Hamid (R) reads from his book 'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia' at the Lahore Literary Festival 2013 . – Photo by Sara Faruqi/
Moshin Hamid (R) reads from his book 'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia' at the Lahore Literary Festival 2013 . – Photo by Sara Faruqi/

Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid's latest novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia", has been shortlisted for Germany's International Literature Award.

"I'm thrilled for 'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia' to be shortlisted," Hamid told Dawn.

The International Literary Award is the biggest prize for foreign literature that has been translated into German. This year 81 participating German-language publishers submitted a total of 154 titles, whose authors hail from 64 countries and write in 27 languages.

"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" has been translated by German translator Eike Schönfeld.

"Germany has a vibrant literary culture. I believe translators are enormously important, and it makes me very happy to see my excellent German translator Eike Schönfeld being recognised for his work on the novel as well," said Hamid.

A jury of literature critics, translators, culture journalists, and authors reviewed the nominated books. A total of six books, including "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," have been shortlisted for the prize.

The criteria for the award are to select the year's best work of fiction translated into German, revealing how world literature is evolving today.

The International Literature Award is accompanied by €25,000 for the winning author and €10,000 for the winning translator.

The winner will be announced later next week and the shortlisted authors and winners will be honoured at a ceremony in Berlin on July 3.

Hamid is also the author of the novels 'Moth Smoke' and 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'. His book, 'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia', also won Italy's Terzani Prize for International Literature last month.

Comments (6) Closed

mba Jun 20, 2014 12:53pm

Dear Mr. Mohsin, It is pleasure to read your creations. Goodluck!

Asif Jun 20, 2014 01:03pm

I remember when I got through his first novel years ago. He simply takes reader to his novel's world. Awsome.

Waqar Bhatti Jun 20, 2014 03:10pm

I've collection of all his novels...Awesome pieces of writing...He depict hard life facts very nicely in his novels.

Striver Jun 20, 2014 03:49pm

Wishing him all the best Mohsin Hamid

When you seek, you shall find the best in this nation.

All you have to do is look beyond the front cover and you will find amazing stories full of hope, selflessness and talent.

Nasir-ud-din Soomro Jun 21, 2014 01:05am

Iam quite pleased to hear the news,When I read Moth Smoke novel,its first page was based on the story of Mughal Family and the character was Aurangzeb,who has been depicted as bigot and religious fanatic,sowing seeds of hatred in the communal disharmony in subcontinent.

Pak soul Jun 21, 2014 05:20am

@Striver Wonderfully said.