Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiris new novel,The Lowland,has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. The book,that follows the story of two brothers set in Kolkata of the 1960s,will compete alongside five other works of fiction for the coveted literary award,the winner of which,will be announced next month.
Lahiri,was born in London to Indian immigrants from West Bengal. The 46-year-old currently lives in New York. She has previously won the Pulitzer prize in 2000 for her collection of short stories,Interpreter of Maladies (1999) and her first novel,The Namesake,was adapted into a movie by filmmaker Mira Nair.
Another author shortlisted for the £ 50,000 prize is Birmingham-based Jim Crace for,Harvest,a novel about the fragile social eco-system of a remote English village. Colm Toibins novel,The Testament Of Mary – based on the years of grieving Mary went through after her sons crucifixion,will be the shortest novel to win the prize if it does. The youngest author on the list is Elanor Catton (28) for,The Lumiaries. Ruth Ozekis A Tale For The Time Being and Zimbabwe national NoViolet Bulawayos We Need New Names round up the list.
Robert Macfarlane,chair of the judges,said the shortlist was instantly striking.