Congratulations to Guernica contributor Siddhartha Deb, whose book The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize. Deb wrote The Beautiful and the Damned as a result of his travels through India and his undercover work at a call center in Delhi. Read “Change in India”, an excerpt from his book published here in September 2011.
The Orwell Prize, first awarded in 1993, honors writing “which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art.” This is the second year that Guernica contributors have been longlisted. Jack Shenker’s 2010 article “Dam Dilemma,” about the hydropower potential of Nepal, was also nominated as part of a series of submissions by Shenker.
The shortlist for the 2012 Orwell Prize will be announced on Wednesday, April 25.