Tarun Tejpal makes final list of French literary award
Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Author-journalist Tarun J. Tejpal has moved into the final shortlist of France's prestigious Prix Femina Etranger award given for the best foreign novel.

The award, which has never been won by an Indian writer till now, involves a rigorous 11-member jury process that lasts for several months until the declaration of the winner in November and three selection lists.

Tejpal, who edits the weekly newsmagazine Tehelka, had earlier been longlisted for his novel "Loin De Chandigarh (Far From Chandigarh)", which is the French translation of his "The Alchemy of Desire" in English, along with 13 other authors. Later he made the shortlist of eight, as authors like Peter Carey, Annie Proulx and Colm Toibin were eliminated.

Two other internationally reputed writers who have fallen off the final list are Allan Hollinghurst and Cynthia Ozick. Still in the fray for the award are American great Joyce Carol Oates and Russell Banks.

The Prix Femina was established in 1904, and the foreign novel category added in 1985.

The "Loin De Chandigarh" was released this month in France to rave reviews and has gone into its third reprint. The novel is also being published in other languages such as Italian, Greek, Polish and Hindi.

Indo-Asian News Service