The most popular “Man Booker Prize Shortlist” for the current year is out and there are raging controversies, as usual, about the same. “Alephi” records the views of some prominent authors about the award.
Osama Siddique is the author of the novel Snuffing Out The Moon published by Penguin Random House, India. Siddique’s debut novel has been acclaimed as earthy, salty, elemental, and a must-read; poignant, compelling and thought-provoking; and, aesthetic and transformative.
Dr.Osama has served as the inaugural Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. He is also widely published in academic journals and works in the areas of Pakistani constitutional law, South Asian legal history, legal sociology, and international human rights law. Siddique also serves as Senior Faculty for the academic workshops conducted by Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School.
Alephi : Man Booker Prize : Shortlist- What is your opinion?
Osama Siddique : I would have very much liked The Ministry of Utmost Happiness to be there. I don’t care much for stylistic debates or purely aesthetic reactions to books – it is the politics of a book that matters more to me. And it is a book which is unabashed and categorical about what it stands for and I admire its choice of ideals, its politics and its courage.
At the same time, it is very heartening to see two writers of Pakistani origin make it to the longlist and one to the short-list. Shows how vibrant the country and the region are in terms of literary talent and productivity.