Manu Joseph is a journalist and writer and the current editor of OPEN magazine. He is also a columnist for The International New York Times.
His second novel, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013.The book is about a man named Ousep Chacko tries to understand why his teenage son Unni, a cartoonist, killed himself three years earlier. Joseph brings to this tragic premise his trademark gift for humorous observation, creating a multi-layered story about how the mind works, the difference between “madness” and “normalcy”, and the aspirations of young people in 1980s Madras.
Read an interview with the author here.
His debut novel, Serious Men, was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and won the 2010 The Hindu Literary Prize.
Others on the shortlist include Anees Salim (Vanity Bagh), Manjul Bajaj (Another Man's Wife and Other Stories), Sonora Jha (Foreign) and Amandeep Sandhu (Roll of Honour).
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