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Amitav Ghosh among the 10 finalists shortlisted for 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Mar 25, 2015 15:15 IST

Amitav GhoshIndian author Amitav Ghosh on 24 March 2015 was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. He is the only Indian among the 10 finalists shortlisted for the prize.

58-year-old, Ghosh was chosen for his contribution to the English language writing. Earlier in 2008, he was shortlisted for the prize his work Sea of Poppies but he missed the prize narrowly.

The name of the 10 finalists was announced at the University of Cape Town in South Africa by writer and academic Professor Marina Warner, chair of the five-person judging panel.

Finalists for the year 2015 include
• Amitav Ghosh of India
• Cesar Aira of Argentina
• Hoda Barakat of Lebanon
• Maryse Conde of Guadeloupe
• Mia Couto of Mozambique
• Fanny Howe of the United States of America
• Ibrahim al-Koni of Libya)
• Laszlo Krasznahorkai of Hungary
• Alain Mabanckou of Republic of Congo
• Marlene van Niekerk of South Africa

The award will be given to the winner on 19 May 2015 in London.

About the International Man Booker Prize

The International Man Booker Prize, introduced in 2005, 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.

It carries a cash prize of 60000 pounds and is given in recognition of the writer's body of work, rather than any one title. It rewards author for their continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.

The award sponsored by the Man Group and complements the Man Booker Prize.

Ismail Kadare of Albania was the first winner of the award, he was awarded in 2005. Lydia Davis of the United States was the last recipient of the award in 2013.

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