Sadia Abbas and Jamil Jan Kochai, two authors of Pakistani origin, have been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019, alongside four other authors.
The Empty Room is set in Karachi during the 1970s. Social and political unrest was rife in the city during this time. The novel centers on family life in Karachi.
Kochai’s 99 Nights in Logar narrates the story of an Afghan-American boy and his journey in Afghanistan.
Amitabha Bagchi’s Half The Night is Gone, Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field, Raj Kamal Jha’s The City and The Sea, and There’s Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari are among the various books contending for the prize.
The DSC Prize founders, along with jury chair Harish Trivedi and jury member Jeremy Tambling were present at the event.
The London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK announced the results.