France’s Emile Guimet Prize is an annual award given to a book written by an Asian author which has been translated into French. The award, handled by the Emile Guimet Museum in Paris, revealed their longlist for 2020 and this year two Indian novelists have been nominated for the prize.
Indian authors Manu Joseph and Prajwal Parajuly are among the 10 Asian authors longlisted for Emile Guimet Prize 2020. Joseph is nominated for his book ‘Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous’ which is translated into French (titled ‘Miss Laila armée jusqu’aux dents’ by Bernard Turle). The book is a political satire and thriller which follows the lives of various characters after a building collapses in Bombay.
On the other hand, Parajuly is nominated for his debut book ‘Land Where I Flee’ which is translated into French (‘Fuir et revenir’) by Benoîte Dauvergne. The book is about the reunion of three siblings celebrating the 84th birthday of their old grandmother in Gangtok. According to a post by French Institute in India, Parajuly ‘will soon be leaving for France to Saint Nazaire in November 2020 for a residency at the MEET (Maison des Ecrivains Etrangers et des Traducteurs – House of Foreign Writers and Translators). The author was recently in a residency at Villa Gillet in partnership with IFI’.
Other Asian authors longlisted for the Prize include Fatima Bhutto, Fang Fang, Shion Miura, Cho Nam-Joo, Shiga Izumi, Tsering Dondrup, Hye-Young Pyun and Liu Zhenyun. The Emile Guimet Prize 2020 winner will be announced in September.