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Jahnavi Barua in Man Asia award �longlist�

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 � Twelve acclaimed novels from India, Japan, Iran, China, Pakistan, South Korea and Bangladesh have been announced as the �longlist� for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize at the Singapore Writers� Festival. Among the authors is Jahnavi Barua, who has her roots in Assam, and is emerging as a serious talent from the subcontinent.

Featuring works of Haruki Murakami and Amitav Ghosh, the longlisted books deal with a �wide range of subjects including the Opium Wars, the Iranian revolution, the rise of fundamentalism, the plight of aids sufferers in China as well as exploring relationships between the individual and family, parent and child�, an official press note mentioned.

Featuring bestselling books which have been translated into English for the first time, as well as new authors, the longlist for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize is very diverse to be announced in its five-year history, showcasing a panoply of tales from across Asia, the press note stated.

Ninety books were submitted for entry in 2011 and the longlist of 12 include Jahnavi Barua with her Rebirth (Penguin India/Penguin Books).

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