Melbourne: Indian-origin writer Rohinton Mistry has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. The renowned author of “A Fine Balance” is one of 13 finalists in line for the award, worth USD 96,070.

The list includes bestselling thriller writer John le Carre and crossover author Philip Pullman.
Strangely, Le Carre withdrew his name from the list. He is believed to be the first writer to ask to be withdrawn from contention since the Prize was inaugurated in 2005. The jury said his name would remain in fray.

59-year-old Canada-based Mistry, who was born in Mumbai and graduated from Bombay University, is the author of three novels -- 'Such a Long Journey (1991)', 'A Fine Balance
(1996)' and Family Matters (2002)' -- each of which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

The authors’ work has been widely acknowledged and his novel 'Such a Long Journey' has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governor General's Award.

'A Fine Balance' won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Giller Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was nominated for Oprah's
Book Club Best Novel in 2001.

Mistry’s another novel 'Family Matters' was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Fiction and the Timothy Findley Award (Writers' Trust of Canada).

There are four women in the list and the authors have been picked from eight different countries.

The nominations were announced by the chair of judges, Rick Gekoski, on Wednesday at a conference held at the University of Sydney.

The other contenders are Juan Goytisolo (Spain), James Kelman (UK), Amin Maalouf (Lebanon), David Malouf (Australia), Dacia Maraini (Italy), Philip Pullman (UK), Marilynne Robinson (US), Philip Roth (US) and Anne Tyler(US).

The Prize winner will be announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival on May 18 and the presentation ceremony will take place in London on June 28.

(Agencies)