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Reading of "End of the World" at Center for Art and Design

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I Read "Betrayal" from my book "End of the World" at Kathmandu University's Center for Art and Design this afternoon. Here are is the link to the center.

Joshi in running for Frank O’Connor award, Nepal News, Breaking News

Joshi in running for Frank O’Connor award, Nepal News, Breaking News, Hot News, Enter Nepal, News - NationalJoshi in running for Frank O’Connor award
May 15, 2009
source: kantipuronlineNepali writer Sushma Joshi has been selected in the long-list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, which has the single biggest cash prize for a short story collection, €35,000, in the world. When she found she was nominated, she said, “I am very excited. Just to be a part of the long list which has noted writers such as (Kazuo) Ishiguro and (Chimamanda Ngozi) Adichie is a great honour, for Nepal as well as Nepali writers, as the other writers who have been short-listed are very well known.” Joshi' short story collection, “The End of The World”, has eight different stories, all based around loss and longing. The title story itself, is a prophetic tale about the mass hysteria created by a holy man's predictions about the end of the world. She says she wanted to capture the …

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

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The End of the World is longlisted! Other books on the list--Kazuo Ishiguro, Nocturnes, Faber and Faber Limited, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck, Fourth Estate LTD. I feel honored!

http://www.munsterlit.ie/FOC%20Award%20page.html

The End of the World: Himalmag Review

The End of the World
by Sushma Joshi
FinePrint Books, 2008

This compilation of short stories, Sushma Joshi’s first book, is firmly rooted in the Nepali experience, especially of the past decade. Themes of loss, distrust, the state’s betrayal of its people, and out-migration in search of opportunity – all are realties in the country’s recent past, and these colour most of the narratives.

Yearning – whether a grown man’s lifelong craving for cheese; a young police cadet’s hunger for the neighbour’s vegetable patch (and daughter); or a dejected villager’s longing for the ancestral land with which he was forced to part – is also central to these stories. Joshi does well in giving voice to these desires, drawing the reader in with poignant and humorous portrayals of the characters’ quests for fulfilment...
(Surabhi Pudasaini)