Two Pakistani novelists, Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid, have been shortlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award. It indeed is a proud moment for the country that seems to be consistently encountering political stress or economic upheaval, with little or no reason enough to celebrate. This is a BIG news.
Shamsie’s Home Fire and Hamid’s Exit West made it to the rundown. Shamsie declared the uplifting news in an Instagram post on April 4.
The Dublin Literary Award is given every year and a prize of €100,000 is granted to the writer of the winning book. However, if the winning book is an English interpretation, €75,000 is granted to the writer and €25,000 to the interpreter.
Their books have been nominated alongside eight others from over the world — Compass by Mathias Enard, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert.
Shamsie is a Pakistani author situated in the UK. Conceived in the mid-1970s, she has numerous accolades to her credit, including the 1999 Prime Minister’s Award for Literature and the Muslim Writers Award in 2009.
Her shortlisted novel, Home Fire is about issues she faced in her very own her life: personality, unwaveringness, misery and having a place. The book is based on the life of Parvaiz, who winds up in the media unit of the Islamic State. He is required to support an execution and advised not to help a London young lady caught after an American besieging strike as she doesn’t wear a veil. Shamsie has shared that the book features her own battles of wearing a hijab.
Hamid was conceived in 1971 in Lahore. He moved to the US at 18 years old and has penned down five books. He is the beneficiary of the 2013 Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize, the 2008 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the 2001 Hemingway Award and numerous others.
Exit West is an account of two youngsters, Nadia and Saeed, who meet in a country on the precarious edge of civil war. Nadia is feisty and independent and Saeed is controlled and introverted. Both get involved in a romantic relationship and are before long drawn away by the turmoil of their city. The couple figures out how to get away from the bomb impacts and choose to go into a dubious future, both being each other’s solitary expectation. It is an account of valor, love, and faithfulness.
The judging panel will select one winner which will be announced on June 12 and we hope earnestly it’s one of either book.