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Australian writer David Malouf among finalists for Kiriyama Prize

Australian writer David Malouf among finalists for Kiriyama Prize

The collected short stories of Australia's David Malouf and a fictionalized tribute to Charles Dickens set in the South Pacific were among the finalists announced Tuesday for the 12th annual Kiriyama Prize.
Stories about Australia, Sri Lanka, China and India were among those nominated for the awards given for books that promote "greater understanding" of South Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Awards will be given for fiction and nonfiction works, with the winners in both categories splitting $30,000 (euro20,247) between them. (If a winner is a book in translation, the author receives $10,000, (euro6,749) the translator $5,000 (euro3,375) )
Stories about Australia, Sri Lanka, China and India were among those nominated.
In the fiction category, the finalists besides Malouf's "Complete Stories" include Lloyd Jones' "Mister Pip," in which Dickens' "Great Expectations" inspires a young girl on Bougainville Island; Nicole Mones' "The Last Chinese Chef"; Roma Tearne's "Mosquito'" and Zhu When's "I Love Dollars," translated by Julia Lovell.
The nonfiction choices were Tom Bissell's "The Father of All Things," a memoir by a Vietnam veteran's son; Liza Dalby's "East Wind Melts the Ice"; Ramachandra Guha's "India After Gandhi"; Susan Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family"; and Julia Whitty's "The Fragile Edge."
The winners will be announced April 1. The awards, established in 1996, are sponsored by Pacific Rim Voices, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to celebrating literature that contributes to greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia."


Updated : 2021-06-20 22:04 GMT+08:00