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Vivek Tejuja

Meet Benyamin, trailblazing novelist and JCB Prize winner

Known for his intense, moving novels concerning the lives of immigrants, Benyamin has established himself as one of the most gifted Indian authors of our times. His novels combine themes of loneliness and alienation with the social and political issues of the time. His latest novel, Jasmine Days, won the inaugural JCB Prize for Literature 2018. Here, we talk to him about his latest success, the process of translation and the state of regional literature in India.
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The Indian Booker? 10 Indian novels that made the JCB prize longlist

Despite a rich body of literary work, India only has a handful of literary prizes, such as the Sahitya Akademi Award and The Hindu Literary Prize. To remedy this, the JCB Literature Foundation is instituting the JCB Prize for Literature, which may just be the Indian Man Booker Prize that our literary landscape is in dire need of! With filmmaker Deepa Mehta chairing the jury and authors like Amitav Ghosh and Rana Dasgupta on board, expectations are at an all-time high. While the winner will be announced only later next month, the longlist of 10 books is out. Here’s all you need to know about this curation of titles.