Authors Current Affairs - 2020

Veteran Urdu writer Intizar Husain passes away

Legendary Urdu fiction writer, novelist, columnist and poet Intizar Husain passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. He was 93.

He was the first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer ever to be nominated for the prestigious literally award Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

About Intizar Husain

  • Born on December 7, 1923 at Dibai in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh in India.
  • He had migrated to Lahore in 1947. He did his MA (Urdu) in 1946 from the Meerut College.
  • He worked as journalist in various newspapers and had retired from ‘Daily Mashriq’ in 1988.
  • His famous books are Kankari, Gali Koochay, Shehr-i-afsos, Din Aur Dastan, Kachhuay, Khaimay Say Door, Morenama Khali, Pinjra and Sheharzad Kay Naam.
  • Awards and Honurs: He was conferred the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by French Government in 2014.
  • In 2013, he became first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer to be nominated among the 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

Anuradha Roy wins 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian writer Anuradha Roy has won the on the prestigious $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’.

She was awarded with prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo.

Her novel Sleeping on Jupiter deals with the subject of violence against women with story revolving around girl named Nomi and is set in Jarmuli, a city of temples.

She was selected among the 6 shortlisted authors for this edition (sixth) of prize by jury headed by Mark Tully.

About Anuradha Roy

  • Ms Roy is novelist, journalist and editor.
  • Her first novel An Atlas of Impossible Longing has been translated into 15 languages across the world.
  • Till date she has authored three novels viz. An Atlas of Impossible Longing (2008), The Folded Earth (2011) and Sleeping on Jupiter (2015).

About DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

  • It is a literary prize awarded annually to writers of any nationality or ethnicity writing about South Asia on themes such as culture, history, politics or people.
  • The prize was instituted in 2011 by DSC Limited, an Indian infrastructure and construction company.
  • The writers are chosen for their original full-length novel written in English or translated into English and published in the year preceding the judging of the prize.