Friday, November 14, 2008
10:36 AM |
Chuck Won the Man Asian!
Here's one for Philippine literature! Miguel Syjuco's novel Ilustrado
has won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize
. From the press release:
A panel of three internationally acclaimed authors and experienced literary judges named Filipino author Miguel Syjuco winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado, a fictional account of a young Filipino caught within a notorious scandal spanning over the Philippine history.
The panel of judges for the 2008 prize praised Ilustrado
: "The shortlist for the Man Asian prize testifies to the great vitality of the novel in Asian societies undergoing hectic and unexpected transformations. In the end, we had to choose; and Ilustrado
seems to us to possess formal ambition, linguistic inventiveness and sociopolitical insight in the most satisfying measure. Brilliantly conceived, and stylishly executed, it covers a large and tumultuous historical period with seemingly effortless skill. It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour."
The prize winner was announced at a celebratory dinner at The Peninsula Hong Kong. Miguel Syjuco was awarded USD 10,000.
Ilustrado was selected from shortlist of five, including Kavery Nambisan's The Story That Must Not be Told
, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
, Yu Hua's Brothers
, and Alfred A. Yuson's The Music Child
Read an excerpt from Ilustrado here
Labels: contests, man asian, novels, philippine literature, writers
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