Thursday, May 28, 2009
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.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Joshi in running for Frank O’Connor award
May 15, 2009
Nepali 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 way people react to such news, and that the story “reflected the current political scenario in the country, where every small thing spirals into a big issue.”
Joshi also said the long-list nomination was in itself a great thing, as “it brings good international exposure, especially for short story writers. Also, it is very encouraging for young writers who want to pursue a career in this profession.” However, a slight mistake has led to Joshi being nominated as a British writer.
The Frank O'Connor award is an annual award that was introduced in 2005. Its past winners include Pulitzer-prize winning Jhumpa Lahiri, noted Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and Chinese writer Yiyun Li. While the long-list has 57 di-fferent writers from around the world, including two from India - Jahnavi Barua and Jasmine Anita Yvette D'Costa - the short-list of either four or six writers will be announced in mid-July, and the winner on September 20 in Ireland. Joshi writes a weekly column, “The Global and The Local” for The Kathmandu Post.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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!
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)