Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up

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The 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist Celebrates “The Evocation of a Place”


The 15th annual RSL Ondaatje Prize announced its 2018 shortlist. The award is given to “a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry” for “best evoking the spirit of a place.” (Sidenote: is best evocation of a place’s spirit the coolest award criteria known to man or what?)

Here is this year’s shortlist (with bonus links when applicable):

The Epic City by Kushanava Choudhury
Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Featured in our 2018 Great Book Preview)
Border by Kapka Kassabova
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (The Millions‘ review)
Mama Amazonica by Pascale Petit

The winner will be announced on May 14, 2018.

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