22 December 2012

Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 (+ novels from the Philippines)

The 15-book longlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist is announced. Nine Asian countries are represented, headed by India (3 novels) and Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and China (2 novels each). Unless there's a new sponsor for the prize, however, it may well be the final batch of longlists as Man Group backed out of sponsoring the next year's edition of the prize.

I note that no novels from the Philippines made it to the list this year and even last year. Novels by Filipinos that had been previously considered for the prize are the following (links go to Goodreads pages):

Soledad's Sister by Jose Dalisay - shortlisted, 2007

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco - winner, 2008

The Music Child by Alfred A. Yuson - shortlisted, 2008

Sugar Land by Ian Casocot - longlisted, 2008

Sweet Haven by Lakambini Sitoy - longlisted, 2008

The Descartes Highlands by Eric Gamalinda - shortlisted, 2009

Leche by R. Zamora Linmark - longlisted, 2009

Secrets of the Eighteen Mansions by Mario I. Miclat - longlisted, 2009

Different Countries by Clarissa V. Militante - longlisted, 2009

Eight Muses of the Fall by Edgar Calabia Samar - longlisted, 2009

Below the Crying Mountain by Criselda Yabes - longlisted, 2010

I've read the first two, am currently reading Samar's novel in original Tagalog (Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog), and am interested in several of the titles.


  1. A Merry Christmas to you and your family, Stu!