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Sussex based author Minoli Salgado, Part of Longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016

Sussex based author Minoli Salgado who wrote A Little Dust On The Eyes is part of the Longlist of entrants for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016. The shortlist will be unveiled at 6.45pm, Thurs 26th November, London School of Economics.


The prize is the only one of its kind where a coveted prize of US $50,000 is presented to one author from any ethnicity or nationality provided they write about South Asia and its people. Writing in regional languages is also encouraged and the prize money is equally shared between the author and the translator in case a translated entry wins.

The event will be attended by all 5 jury members including Sir Mark Tully.

Minoli Salgado was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in Sri Lanka and England. A love of nineteenth century English novels and contemporary poetry led her to study English Literature at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and Warwick, where her life and writing were transformed by the birth of the new discipline of postcolonial studies.

She has written extensively on postcolonial literature and is the author of the acclaimed book, Writing Sri Lanka.

She has a PhD in Indo-Anglian fiction, and teaches at the University of Sussex where she currently Senior Lecturer in English.

A Little Dust On The Eyes

This haunting and richly textured novel of intersecting lives, memory and loss confronts the twin tragedies of a brutal civil war and the Boxing Day tsunami, revealing the intimate connections between silence and violence, displacement and desire. The bustle of an English seaside resort gives way to the unreal calm of a coastal community in southern Sri Lanka and Savi and Renu, two cousins separated by civil war, are reunited just weeks before the tsunami strikes. They are just catching up with the secrets of the past when the past catches up with them.

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The jury for the DSC Prize this year comprises:

  • Mark Tully – the former Bureau Chief of BBC in New Delhi
  • Dennis Walder – Emeritus Professor of Literature, former Director of The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, and was founding Director of the Department’s lively Post-Colonial Literatures Research Group
  • Karen Allmen – worked as a bookseller for over twenty-five years, first at Seattle’s pioneering Red and Black Bookstore Collective, and at Seattle’s highly regarded Elliott Bay Book Company since 1999
  • Noulefer de Mel – Senior Professor of English at the Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Syed Manzoorul Islam – fiction writer, translator, art critic and curator teaches English at the University of Dhaka

The longlist comprises of 11 books, out of a total pool of 75 initial entries. This year’s longlist includes: 

  1. The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer
  2. Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  3. Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri
  4. Sleeping On Jupiter by Anuradha Roy
  5. Hang Woman by K R Meera
  6. A Little Dust On The Eyes by Minoli Salgado
  7. The Book Of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed
  8. The Girl In The Road by Monica Byrne
  9. The Lives Of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  10. She Will Build Him A City by Raj Kamal Jha
  11. Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy 

Last year’s winner was Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 will be awarded in Sri Lanka in January 2016, the host destination for the 2016 event.


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