Kiriyama Prize Shortlist

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Kiriyama Prize - 2005 Finalists

The $30, 000 Kiriyama prize, established in 1996, is awarded to exceptional English fiction and non-fiction from the Pacific Rim and South Asia, including fiction translated into English from other languages in the region.

Amongst the shortlisted titles is Tara Publishing's Seasons of the Palm, translated from the Tamil. The book focuses on the arduous lives of a group of lovingly drawn child characters with colorful names like "Shortie," "Tallfellow," "Matchbox," and "Stumpleg."

Seasons of the Palm is the first Tamil novel to have earned international recognition. Novelist Perumal Murugan is a college teacher by profession. He teaches Tamil language and literature at a state college in western Tamil Nadu, India. Murugan grew up in a harsh landscape, amidst hardworking peasants. His fiction recreates the everyday brutality of caste society in relentless detail while hinting at the possibilities of joy and comradeship that are yet possible.

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