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The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010 Shortlist
We are happy to announce the shortlist of 11 books for the The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010. There was a tremendous response and we thank all the publishers who sent in books (published between June 2009 and June 2010) for consideration. We thank our judges for their efforts and whole-hearted support for this venture. The winner of The Hindu Best Fiction Award will be announced at a special literary evening on November 1 in Chennai.
Books


EYECATCHERS
Children of a Better God
A deeply touching, tenderly written story about the agonising challenges faced by children who have to live with lifelong disability and the ways in which these very special children can powerfully enrich our lives with their grit, positive ...



EYECATCHERS
Witness the Night
Durga: 14-year-old girl, found all alone in a sprawling house in Punjab... the sole suspect in the mass murder of 13 members of her family.Simran: A whisky-swigging, chain-smoking social worker from Delhi... the only one who believes ...


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
In defence of freedom
Twenty years after helping defeat apartheid, the eminent writer Nadine Gordimer is fighting again — this time against the South African government's plans to muzzle the media. She tells Stephen Moss why…


FACE TO FACE
It's back to books
With five of his novels being republished this month, well known Telugu author and former Press Chief of the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, Maganti Koteswara Rao tells T.S. SUBRAMANIAN how he balanced fiction writing and his career in public relations.


Tribute

Mentor unsurpassed
Well-known Tamil writer Anuthama recalls with affection her friend Chudamani Raghavan...

Loss of a crest jewel
Eminent Tamil short story writer Chudamani Raghavan's passing is a great loss to the Indian literary scene. C.S.LAKSHMI, a close associate and Tamil scholar, reflects on their relationship which grew from a love for life and literature…


Columns


SECOND THOUGHTS
No game for knights
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, introduced in The Big Sleep, has defined all private detectives in fiction.


ENDPAPER
Pretty little things...
... is how Russian author Vladimir Nabokov referred to paperbacks. Unlike other authors he wanted to be involved in their cover design.


Book Review

Questions of belonging
An evocative novel about the search for meaning and coherence in our chaotic lives…

Unfulfilled promise
Set in Trinidad, Valmiki's Daughter runs out of fizz halfway through…

All that monkey business
A story of changing values, attitudes and lives set in urban India…


ANTHOLOGY
A modest miracle
The Groaning Shelf is a stylish, cultural landmark communicating one man's passion to a larger audience.


ON THE HINDU BEST FICTION AWARD SHORTLIST
Satire to savour
Humorous, subtle, wicked… a combination that makes the book a good read.


BIOGRAPHY
Firebrand unveiled
A sincere portrayal of the bandit queen's life, one that empathises with the subject.


ON THE MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST
Magic of an intense universe
Evocative language plays a big part in the telling of this haunting tale about the real world...


TRANSLATION
A very human picture
The narrative is sometimes filled with cliches, but the broad sweep of the canvas engages…


ON THE HINDU BEST FICTION AWARD SHORTLIST
Into the heart of a vibrant city
Does Saraswati Park do justice to the multi-dimensional city that is Mumbai?

No sense of place or people
With neither passion nor purpose, this book remains flat and bloodless.


NOVEL
An expression of possibilities
A superb book that shows us the big picture while at the same time placing us at ground level...


ON THE HINDU BEST FICTION AWARD SHORTLIST
Stories from the underground
An intricate fabric that dazzles in parts but falls apart in the end. SHASHI BALIGA


CHICKLIT
Landscape of the soul
Though the book is squeaky clean, it takes a brave woman to talk about love, gender and social politics so openly.



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