Booker Prize Goes to India’s Aravind Adiga
LONDON ~ Indian writer Aravind Adiga won the 2008 Booker Prize this week, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, for his debut novel The White Tiger, the judges announced.
The 33-year-old was awarded the £50,000 (US$87,000) prize at a ceremony in London on Tuesday for his tale of a man’s journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success.
Chairman of the judges Michael Portillo said the book’s originality in showing “the dark side of India” had set it apart from the others.
“My criteria were ‘Does it knock my socks off?’ and this one did,” he said.
Adiga was one of two Indian writers nominated for the award, which is given to the best work of fiction by an author from the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, alongside Amitav Ghosh for Sea of Poppies.