Kathmandu, April 29:
Noted Nepali writer Samrat Upadhyay, who recently came up with a collection of short stories entitled â€œThe Royal Ghostsâ€, has been selected as a contender for the prestigious Frank Oâ€™Connor International Short Story Award from Ireland, a statement said today.
The prize, which is worth Euro 35,000, is the worldâ€™s richest short story award. Nuala NÃ ChonChÃºir (Irish), Deborah Eisenberg (US), Haruki Murakami (Japan), and Segun Afolabi (Nigerian) are also in the fray. The winnerâ€™s name will be announced in September.
â€œThe Royal Ghostsâ€, now available in Nepal, has been called â€œan enticing book to savour and re-read for all its nuancesâ€ by the Christian Science Monitor. The Los Angeles Times calls Upadhyay â€œamong the smoothest and most noiseless of contemporary writers,â€ while the New York Times affirms his likeness to the famous Russian storyteller Anton Chekhov. The Indian Express has called The Royal Ghosts â€œa must readâ€ and Upadhyay â€œa major writer-in-the-making.â€