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India’s Fifth Man Booker!
Aravind Adiga became the fifth Indian to win The Man Booker Prize for 2008. Heis the fourth debutant winner to the prize. He now joins the hall of fame that sitspast Booker winners that includes such literary giants as V.S. Naipaul, NadineGordimer, Iris Murdoch, Kingsley Amis and Salman Rushdie. He won the £50,000[About 4,200,000 Rupees]prize for his book The WhiteTiger, a book that presents"the dark heart" of IndiaShining. Some have blamedAdiga, the 33-year-oldChennai-born Mumbaikar, of painting a negative pictureof modern India and its hugeunderclass. The awardsadministrators emphasized,“The White Tiger is the ninthwinning novel to take itsinspiration from India orIndian identity.” TIME Magazine, for which Adiga has worked as an Indian Correspondent, reportedAdiga’s book being “extraordinarily accomplished,” “The tale of an Indian servantwho kills his boss, it's written with wit and panache and crackles with a kind of joyfully subversive energy. Yet it is also a shocking portrait of Indian corruptionand social injustice at a time when the media has tended to focus on sunnier talesof the nation's economic transformation.” Time commented. Adiga told TIME thathe had initially struggled to write the book in the third person and had thenrewritten it in just 40 days in the voice of the murderous servant.Adiga is the fourth native Indian author to win the Booker. He joins compatriotsArundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai. A fifth winner of the prize, V.S.Naipaul is of Indian ancestry. Adiga was the youngest of the finalists for theliterary prize. He, among other authors short-listed for the prize, was among theonly two debutants this year. Others short listed were Steve Toltz, SebastianBarry, Amitav Ghosh, Linda Grant, and Philip Hensher.
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