The judges for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature have announced this year’s winner earlier this month. Out of the six shortlisted titles, one now emerges as the winner of the $25,000 literary prize.
DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 winner
Half the Night is Gone by Amitabha Bagchi
A spellbound novel, “Half the Night is Gone” raises questions related to literature, religion, and society. It was also shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature last year. The book was published by Juggernaut Books.
Quoting Harish Trivedi, Jury Chair, DSC Prize,
“South Asia is now perhaps more visible and more omnipresent than ever before. There is a South Asia at home and a South Asia abroad and both inhabit a shared literary space of writings originally in English or translated into English. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is the only prize which encompasses nine different countries in South Asia and the diaspora, and this year we also received entries from some writers with no ethnic connection with South Asia. For the five jury members located in five different countries, reading 90 novels in 90 days was a transformative experience. Over the months, we arrived at a diverse and inclusive longlist of 15 and a shortlist of 6 novels, representing the polyphonic richness of the region. It is out of this collective literary churning that there has emerged a winner whose work subsumes many languages and sensibilities.”
Amitabha Bagchi was born in Delhi. He went to IIT Delhi in the summer of 1992, and got his PhD in Computer Science in 2002. He is currently employed as an assistant professor at IIT-D.