Amitabha Bagchi’s novel ‘Half The Night Is Gone’ has won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019.
The announcement was made at a special Award Ceremony at the IME Nepal Literature Festival in the picturesque city of Pokhara on Monday.
Pradeep Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, along with Surina Narula, co-founder of the DSC Prize, presented the winner’s trophy to Amitabha Bagchi in an event attended by key dignitaries, literary enthusiasts, writers and media, said a press release.
The DSC Prize has always encouraged diverse voices that bring alive the layered nuances of South Asian life, and Bagchi’s novel, a post-colonial saga that unfolds over three generations, adroitly explores human relationships, and the intertwining of fates and cultures in a thoroughly Indian context.
The novel’s amazing attention to details, the inventive use of language, and its memorable well defined characters make it an outstanding read.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 was judged by a diverse and distinguished five-member jury panel comprising eminent figures drawn from the international literary fraternity who have worked in or around South Asian literature and issues.