10 Asian authors you need to know: the Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

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4. "Serious Men,” by Manu Joseph

This debut novel is a powerful exploration of questions of class in India. "Serious Men" tells the story of a Dalit (untouchable) secretary who works for a high-class Brahmin at Bombay's Institute of Theory and Research and invents stories about his disabled son in a desperate effort to advance socially.

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