Gangtok: Gangtok-born author Prajwal Parajuly has been nominated for the prestigious Emile Guimet Prize. He has been nominated for Fuir et revenir, the translation of his widely acclaimed debut novel about a family reunion from hell, Land Where I Flee.
Meanwhile, Delhi-based Manu Joseph, another Indian author, has also been nominated for Miss Laila armée jusqu’aux dents, published in English as Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous. The books’ translators are Benoîte Dauvergne and Bernard Turle, respectively.
The 34-year-old Sikkimese author’s works focus on Nepali-speaking people and their culture. Born to Indian father and Nepali father, Parajuly has written a short-story collection called The Gurkha’s Daughter and a novel, Land Where I Flee.
The Emile Guimet Prize is awarded annually to a book by an Asian author and translated into French. The prestigious award is administered by the Emile Guimet Museum in Paris.
The long list this year also includes Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto for Comme Des Lions. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in the Emile Guimet Museum in September. Previous winners have included British writer Rana Dasgupta, South-Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong and Natsu Miyashita from Japan.
Other writers on the 2020 long list are: Shion Miura (Japan), Cho Nam-Joo (South Korea), Shiga Izumi (Japan), Tsering Dondrup (Tibet), Fang Fang (China), Hye-Young Pyun (South Korea), and Liu Zhenyun (China).