Indian writer Jeet Thayil's first novel Narcopolis, described as a compelling tale of Mumbai's hazy world of opium addiction, has made it to the six-author shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012 announced today.
Apart from 53-year-old Kerala-born Thayil, authors on the shortlist are Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Alison Moore, Will Self and Tan Twan Eng.
The winner will be announced on October 16 at London’s Guildhall during a live telecast on the BBC. Indian writer Jeet Thayil on Man Booker shortlist
Announcing the shortlist, the judges praised the powerful language and artistry displayed in the six books, whose common themes include old age, memory and loss.
The six books are: Tan Twan Eng (The Garden of Evening Mists), Deborah Levy (Swimming Home), Hilary Mantel (Bring up the Bodies), Alison Moore (The Lighthouse), Will Self (Umbrella) and Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis).
The short list includes first novels by two authors: Jeet Thayil and Alison Moore.
Of the six authors, two have previously been linked to the prize.
Hilary Mantel won the prize in 2009 with Wolf Hall, the first of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, and was longlisted in 2005 for Beyond Black. Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng was longlisted for the prize in 2007 with his debut novel, The Gift of Rain.
Four novelists, including Will Self, a radical of contemporary literature, appear on the list for the first time.