SRINAGAR: Kashmiri author, Shabir Mir’s debut novel, Plague Upon Us is one of the five books shortlisted for the JCB Prize shortlist. One of these novels will get the Rs 25 lakh prize.

Shabir Ahmad Mir’s debut novel, The Plague Upon Us was released by Hachette India on August 21, 2020.

The other books that have been shortlisted include Name Place Animal Thing by Daribha Lyndem, Gods and Ends by Lindsay Pereira. The list also features two works of translation — Anti-Clock by V J James, and Delhi: A Soliloquy by M Mukundan, both of which have been translated from Malayalam.

The five books were chosen from a long list of 10 books that was announced last month, reports appearing in the media said. The jury for the prize includes the author and literary translator Sara Rai (Chair), designer and art historian Annapurna Garimella, author and translator Shahnaz Habib, journalist and editor Prem Panicker, and writer and podcaster Amit Varma.

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Each of the five shortlisted authors will receive Rs 1 lakh, and in case of a translated work, the translator will also receive Rs 50,000.

The final winner of the Rs 25 lakh Prize will be announced on November 13. In case the winning entry is a translation, the translator will be awarded Rs 10 lakh.


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