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Aravind Adiga wins literature's Man Booker prize

LONDON (AP) — Aravind Adiga has won the prestigious Man Booker prize for his first novel.

Adiga's novel "The White Tiger" features a protagonist who will use any means necessary to fulfill his dream of escaping impoverished village life for success in the big city.

The judges also praised the book's humor. The 34-year-old Adiga is the youngest of the finalists for the prize.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) — Irish writer Sebastian Barry was the bookies' favorite Tuesday in a wide-open field of finalists for the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction.

Barry's "The Secret Scripture," a story of misery, memories and secrets in 1930s Ireland, was 5/2 front-runner among six contenders for the award, according to bookmakers William Hill. Rival bookies Ladbrokes had Barry as 2/1 front-runner.

Both firms had Indian writer Amitav Ghosh as second-favorite for "Sea of Poppies." The winner will be announced late Tuesday.

The 50,000 pound (US$88,000) prize is among the world's highest-profile literary awards, open to novels in English by writers from Britain, Ireland or the Commonwealth of former British colonies. Winning brings a big boost in profile, and usually in sales.

Playwright and novelist Barry was previously nominated in 2005 for "A Long Long Way." Victory would make him the third Irish winner in four years. The 2005 prize went to John Banville for the "The Sea," and last year's winner was Ireland's Anne Enright for "The Gathering." The 2006 winner was India's Kiran Desai for "The Inheritance of Loss."

This year's Booker shortlist lacks the star power and household names of some previous contests.

Few of the six shortlisted authors are household names, and two are first-time authors: Indian novelist Aravind Adiga, nominated for "The White Tiger" — the story of a man's dreams of escaping poor village life for success in the big city — and Australia's Steve Toltz, shortlisted for sprawling father-son saga "A Fraction of the Whole."

Two English authors are also in the running — Linda Grant for "The Clothes on Their Backs" and Philip Hensher for "The Northern Clemency."

Among those snubbed by the judging panel was Salman Rushdie, who was on the prize's 13-book long-list for the "Enchantress of Florence." In July, Rushdie was named the greatest-ever winner of the literary prize for "Midnight's Children," which took the Booker in 1981.

Graham Sharpe, Booker expert at bookies William Hill, said the judges' decision to omit another highly praised book, Joseph O'Neill's post-9/11 New York saga "Netherland," from the shortlist was inexplicable.

"It's certainly not a vintage year either for the quality of the books or the gambling on the outcome," Sharpe said. "You haven't got the big names, the controversy — anything to spark a flame of interest in the shortlist."

William Hill put 7/2 odds on Ghosh and Grant, followed by Toltz at 9/2. Adiga and Hensher were both 5/1 outsiders.

The award was founded in 1969 and was long known as the Booker Prize. It was renamed when the financial services conglomerate Man Group PLC began sponsoring it five years ago.

Source: Associated Press


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Aravind Adiga has won the 2008 Booker Prize with his debut novel The White Tiger


The 33-year-old Indian-born writer was also the youngest author on the shortlist for the £50,000 prize.

He wrote "the kind of book I'd like to read", he told the BBC. "I like books that have ideas in them and that move and entertain."

The chairman of the judges, former politician Michael Portillo, said: "In many ways it was the perfect novel."

Adiga beat favourite Sebastian Barry to take the accolade as well as the other contenders, Amitav Ghosh, Steve Toltz, Linda Grant and Philip Hensher.

The White Tiger, a tale of two Indias, tells the story of Balram, the son of a rickshaw puller in the heartlands, one of the "faceless" poor left behind by the country's recent economic boom.


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Ο Ινδός Αραβίντ Αντίγκα κέρδισε το λογοτεχνικό βραβείο Μπούκερ για το πρώτο του κιόλας μυθιστόρημα με τίτλο «Η Λευκή Τίγρη». Το βιβλίο έχει πρωταγωνιστή έναν άνδρα, ο οποίος μετέρχεται όλα τα μέσα για να εκπληρώσει το όνειρό του να ξεφύγει από το φτωχό χωριό του για μια επιτυχημένη ζωή στη μεγάλη πόλη. 

Το βραβείο Μπούκερ συνοδεύεται από το χρηματικό ποσό των 50.000 λιρών.

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Aravind Adiga wins literature's Man Booker prize

By JILL LAWLESS – 19 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Aravind Adiga won the prestigious Man Booker award Tuesday for his first novel "The White Tiger."

Adiga won the $87,000 prize for his book about a protagonist who will use any means necessary to fulfill his dream of escaping impoverished village life for success in the big city.

At 34, Adiga was the youngest of the finalists for the literary prize.

The chairman of the judges, Michael Portillo, said the book was an impressive work.

"The novel is in many ways perfect. It is quite difficult to find any structural flaws with it," he said.

Some have accused Adiga, who lives in Mumbai, of painting a negative picture of modern India and its huge underclass. But Adiga said he wanted to write about all aspects of Indian society.

"In India if you really want to get out and do a book you have to make a conscious effort to connect to people in every conceivable way, " he told the British Broadcasting Corp. after winning the prize.

Adiga is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, and joins compatriots Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai. A fifth winner, V.S. Naipaul is of Indian ancestry.

The other authors short-listed for the prize were Steve Toltz, Sebastian Barry, Amitav Ghosh, Linda Grant, and Philip Hensher.

Source: Associated Press


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ΒΡΑΒΕΙΟ ΜΠΟΥΚΕΡ Νέος και… πρωτάρης     

Ένας νέος, πρωτοεμφανιζόμενος συγγραφέας απέσπασε προχθές το πολύτιμο λογοτεχνικό βραβείο Μπούκερ και 50.000 λίρες που συνοδεύουν το έπαθλο.

Ο 33χρονος Ινδός Αραβίντ Αντίγκα -ο μικρότερος σε ηλικία από τους υποψηφίους- κατόρθωσε να σαγηνεύσει την κριτική επιτροπή με το πρώτο του μυθιστόρημα, τη “Λευκή Τίγρη”. Μια ιστορία που αφηγείται την πορεία ενός νέου άνδρα, του Μπαρλάμ, ο οποίος χρησιμοποιεί όλα τα μέσα για να εκπληρώσει το όνειρό του: να ξεφύγει από το φτωχό χωριό του για μια επιτυχημένη ζωή στη μεγάλη πόλη.

Η επιτροπή βρήκε το βιβλίο “εντυπωσιακό”. Όπως δηλώνει ο πρόεδρός της Μάικλ Πορτίλο, “το μυθιστόρημα ήταν από πολλές απόψεις τέλειο. Είναι πραγματικά δύσκολο να βρεις δομικές ατέλειες σε αυτό”.

Ορισμένοι βέβαια κατηγορούν τον Αντίγκα, ο οποίος ζει στη Βομβάη, ότι περιγράφει με αρνητικά χρώματα τη σύγχρονη Ινδία, ωστόσο ο ίδιος απαντά ότι ήθελε να γράψει για όλες τις πτυχές της ινδικής κοινωνίας και αφιερώνει το βραβείο στους κατοίκους στο Νέο Δελχί. “Έγραψα ένα βιβλίο το οποίο θα ήθελα να διαβάσω ως αναγνώστης”, αναφέρει ο νικητής. “Μου αρέσουν οι ιστορίες που συγκινούν και ψυχαγωγούν παράλληλα”, συμπληρώνει.

Ο Αντίγκα ήταν επί χρόνια ανταποκριτής στο περιοδικό Time και τις εφημερίδες Independent και Sunday Times. Είναι μάλιστα ο τέταρτος πρωτοεμφανιζόμενος νικητής του Μπούκερ. Ανάλογη νίκη στα πρώτα τους βήματα είχαν οι Κέρι Χαλμ (1985), Αρουντάτι Ρόι (1997) και Ντιμπισί Πιερ (2003).

Οκτ 16, 2008

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