Pakistani novelist among finalists for Man Booker International Prize

Published: January 24, 2013

Pakistani novelist Intizar Husain is among the 10 finalists nominated for the 5th Man Booker International Prize 2013. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Pakistani novelist Intizar Husain is among the 10 finalists nominated for the 5th Man Booker International Prize 2013.

The list was unveiled on Thursday by the chair of judges, Sir Christopher Ricks, at the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival.

The other finalists are U R Ananthamurthy (India), Aharon Appelfeld (Israel), Lydia Davis (USA), Yan Lianke (China), Marie NDiaye (France), Josip Novakovich (Canada), Marilynne Robinson (USA), Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) and Peter Stamm (Switzerland).

Two authors who had books banned in their home countries also featured prominently in the list, the judging panel said.

Chinese author Yan Lianke and Russia’s Vladimir Sorokin stood out from a list of nominees from nine different countries in the running for the £60,000 prize for global writers whose fiction is written in or translated into English.

“These are writers who we have found ourselves enduringly grateful to, who we will re-read,” said Christopher Ricks, chairman of the five-man judging panel, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India where the list was released.

“They write in ways that are astonishingly different.”

Around 150 authors were considered for the prize, which will be awarded on May 22 in London, Ricks added.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2013 consists of the scholar and literary critic, Christopher Ricks; author and essayist, Elif Batuman; writer and broadcaster, Aminatta Forna; novelist, Yiyun Li and author and academic, Tim Parks.

The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize in that it highlights one writer’s continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.

The 2012 Man Booker prize was won by British author Hilary Mantel for “Bring Up the Bodies”, the second novel in her ongoing trilogy set in the court of Henry VIII. She also won in 2009 for the first novel of the series “Wolf Hall”.

Correction: In earlier version of the article, the headline said ‘Man Booker Prize’ instead of ‘Man Booker International Prize’. The error has been fixed.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 24, 2013 - 6:20PM

    It is going to U R Anantamurthy.


  • J.
    Jan 24, 2013 - 6:23PM

    Please correct your last statement.

    The Man Booker Prize is a separate award from the Man Booker International Prize.

    With all due respect to the ET Web Desk, this article has clearly been done hastily by someone with no experience or genuine interest in international literary prizes.


  • Baba Ji
    Jan 24, 2013 - 6:38PM

    what did this uncle write … I am sure something derogatory story against Pakistan … no wonder Jaipur !!!!!


  • Beta ji
    Jan 24, 2013 - 8:14PM

    @Baba Ji:
    If you dont know then why you are commenting on this? Intezar Hussain’s work is definitely worth lot of such prizes. A genuine writer from Pakistan who actually saw the formation of Pakistan….


  • IronyDetector
    Jan 24, 2013 - 9:07PM

    how does this article completely ignore the name of the Pakistani author’s book and what it’s about???


  • Raheem
    Jan 24, 2013 - 9:13PM

    We are proud of our novelist.


    Jan 24, 2013 - 11:20PM

    Perhaps this might help:

    The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Source:

    And a bit about Intizar Hussain on their website – click here :


  • Jan 25, 2013 - 12:20AM

    For more information on the nominated Pakistani novelist and links to his works.


  • Paki
    Jan 25, 2013 - 5:52AM

    Mr Hussain is going to be 90 this year, I hope he wins this prize.


  • SK5
    Jan 25, 2013 - 6:29AM

    @Yoghurt lover:
    Wishful thinking :)


  • Mika
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:12AM

    We hope Malala wins this too.


  • Beseiged by Mediocrity
    Jan 25, 2013 - 11:47AM

    @Baba Ji:
    What an ignorant comment. Just make an effort and google and see what the book is about before putting up the convenient cloak of holier than thou ultimate patriot. Learn some respect for achievement and perhaps one day you too will be respected.


  • Beseiged by Mediocrity
    Jan 25, 2013 - 11:49AM

    @Baba Ji:
    Amazing. You don’t even know who Intezar Hussain is? Quite remarkable I must say.


    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:41PM

    *I am very proud of our prominent Novelist Intezar Hussain* for nominating MAN BOOKER PRIZE..2013.
    By the grace of ALLAH hope he will be WIN that valuable INTERNATIONAL Prize**


  • Jan 25, 2013 - 10:04PM

    IT’s a good news for every Pakistani who love our prominent Novelist Esq,Intaizar Hussain ,
    for nominating Man Booker Prize 2013.
    By the grace of ALLAH hope He will be Win that valuable International Prize.


  • anjumpirzada
    Jan 29, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Country without art and litterature is like body without soul …without human values…a ruthless giant….ready to devour all the ethics….this is what happening to our nation Alas!!!


  • A2Z
    Feb 3, 2013 - 9:18PM

    You have posted whole story but I cannot find name of novels in this news. The names of his prominent novels should be included in the story as well.


  • Fauzia Bin Al-Waleed
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:26AM

    To be sure both Ananthamurthy and Hussain are basically Indian (born in India) and the latter writes in his native Indian tongue of Urdu (born in UP, India). I will celebrate when Seraiki, Pashto or Sindhi writers wins a Booker, ok?


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