Indian novelist Aravind Adiga has won 2008 booker prize for his book “The White Tiger“. He was declared the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2008. Adiga beat Sebastian Barry, who was one of the favourite. The other authors that were shortlisted were Amitav Ghosh, Steve Toltz, Linda Grant and Philip Hensher.
Adiga’s novel was described as a “compelling, angry and darkly humorous” novel about a man’s journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success. It was described by one reviewer as an “unadorned portrait” of India seen “from the bottom of the heap”.
He becomes the fifth Indian author to win the prize, joining V S Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai who won the prize in 1971, 1981, 1997 and 2006 respectively.
In addition, “The White Tiger” is the ninth winning novel to take its inspiration from India or Indian identity.
His book, “The White Tiger”, has been published by Atlantic Books and has already won rave reviews.
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