12 Asian authors in the spotlight: the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

The longlist for this year's Man Asian Literary Prize ($30,000 awarded to the author of the best novel by an Asian author written in or translated into English) was announced this week. This year's nominees include a number of authors and works already popular with US readers – and some less familiar names as well. The 2011 prize winner will be announced on March 15.

1. "The Wandering Falcon," by Jamil Ahmad

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This Pakistani author's debut centers on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the mysterious Tor Baz becomes known as the Wandering Falcon. Readers get a glimpse into a complex society and the citizens who belong to it as Tor Baz travels through the area.

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