Turkish writers Pamuk and Safak shortlisted for Asian prize
This year’s Man Asian Literary Prize longlist contains two Turkish writers, Elif Safak and Orhan Pamuk. Three debut novelists and a Nobel laureate were among the 15 writers longlisted for Asia’s most prestigious literary prize yesterday, with entries spread across the region from Turkey to Japan. "Silent House," an early work from Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Orhan Pamuk, made the list after appearing in English for the first time. Elif Şafak with "Honor" also appears in the longlist. The longlist for the $30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize was drawn from 108 published works from nine different Asian countries, submitted to a panel of judges led by literary critic and journalist Maya Jaggi. Turkey and Iran are among the 35 countries eligible for the prize, which is looking for a new sponsor with London-based Man Group ending its funding for the Asian prize after the 2012 event. The 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize 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 / UK) - Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil (India) - The Bathing Women - Tie Ning (China).