Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Man Booker 2008, Adiga it is

Yet another Indian debut novelist.

Aravind Adiga wins the Man Booker 2008 for The White Tiger

The thirty-three year old novelist was presented the prize at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London. Adiga becomes the third debut novelist, and the second Indian debut novelist, to win the award in the forty year history of the prize. The two other debut novelists to have won the prize are DBC Pierre in 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little and Arundhati Roy in 1997 for The God of Small Things.

The White Tiger was one of six shortlisted titles for the prize. Also shortlisted for this year's prize were Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture (Faber), Amitav Ghosh for Sea of Poppies (John Murray), Linda Grant for The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago), Philip Hensher for The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate) and Steve Toltz for his debut novel A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton). Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book.

more at the Man Booker website

Also read Adiga's interview at The Brooklyn Rail (via)

1 comment:

Chenthil said...

I had predicted that they wouldn't give it to Gosh. Sea of Poppies is a good book, but it is the first of a trilogy. They will probably wait till the last book before giving him the prize.