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Aravind Adiga - Between ​the Assassinations
The ​dazzling new book from the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize: one of the summer's most eagerly anticipated works of fiction. In _Between the Assassinations,_ Aravind Adiga brings to life a chorus of distinctive Indian voices, all inhabitants in the fictional town of Kittur... His new book sizzles with the same humor, anger, and humanity that characterized _The White Tiger._ On India's south-western coast, between Goa and Calicut, lies Kittur - a small, nondescript town. Aravind Adiga acts as our guide to the town, mapping overlapping lives of Kittur's residents. Here, an illiterate Muslim boy working at the train station finds himself tempted by an Islamic terrorist; a bookseller is arrested for selling a copy of _The Satanic Verses;_ a rich, spoiled, half-caste student decides to explode a bomb in school; a sexologist has to find a cure for a young boy who may have AIDS. What emerges is the moral biography of an Indian town and a group portrait of ordinary Indians in a time of extraordinary transformation, over the seven-year period between the assassinations of Prime Minister Gandhi and her son Rajiv. Keenly observed and finely detailed, _Between the Assassinations_ is a triumph of voice and imagination.

Aravind Adiga - The ​White Tiger
A ​brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut about a racist, homicidal chauffer. Balram Halwai is from the Darkness, born where India's downtrodden and unlucky are destined to rot. Balram manages to escape his village and move to Delhi after being hired as a driver for a rich landlord. Telling his story in retrospect, the novel is a piecemeal correspondence from Balram to the premier of China, who is expected to visit India and whom Balram believes could learn a lesson or two about India's entrepreneurial underbelly. Adiga's existential and crude prose animates the battle between India's wealthy and poor as Balram suffers degrading treatment at the hands of his employers (or, more appropriately, masters). His personal fortunes and luck improve dramatically after he kills his boss and decamps for Bangalore. Balram is a clever and resourceful narrator with a witty and sarcastic edge that endears him to readers, even as he rails about corruption, allows himself to be defiled by his bosses, spews coarse invective and eventually profits from moral ambiguity and outright criminality. It's the perfect antidote to lyrical India.

Aravind Adiga - Last ​Man in Tower
Ask ​any Bombaywallah about Vishram Society—Tower A of the Vishram Co-operative Housing Society—and you will be told that it is unimpeachably pucca. Despite its location close to the airport, under the flight path of 747s and bordered by slums, it has been pucca for some fifty years. But Bombay has changed in half a century—not least its name—and the world in which Tower A was first built is giving way to a new city; a Mumbai of development and new money; of wealthy Indians returning with fortunes made abroad. When real estate developer Dharmen Shah offers to buy out the residents of Vishram Society, planning to use the site to build a luxury apartment complex, his offer is more than generous. Initially, though, not everyone wants to leave; many of the residents have lived in Vishram for years, many of them are no longer young. But none can benefit from the offer unless all agree to sell. As tensions rise among the once civil neighbours, one by one those who oppose the offer give way to the majority, until only one man stands in Shah's way: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher, once the most respected man in the building. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse, but as the demolition deadline looms, Masterji's neighbours—friends who have become enemies, acquaintances turned co-conspirators—may stop at nothing to score their payday. A suspense-filled story of money and power, luxury and deprivation; a rich tapestry peopled by unforgettable characters, not least of which is Bombay itself, Last Man in Tower opens up the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of a great city—ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none.

Aravind Adiga - Selection ​Day
From ​Aravind Adiga, the bestselling, Booker Prize­–winning author of The White Tiger, a dazzling new novel about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves. Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self. Filled with unforgettable characters from across India’s social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan—this book combines the best of The Art of Fielding and Slumdog Millionaire for a compulsive, moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and brothers. Selection Day is Adiga’s most absorbing, big-hearted novel to date, and proves why “with his gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Aravind Adiga has cemented his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country’s messy present” (Newsweek).

Aravind Adiga - Der ​weisse Tiger
Eine ​unglaubliche Reise ins schillernde Herz Indiens. "Aravind Adigas großartiges Debüt Der weiße Tiger zeigt den umwahrscheinlichen Aufstieg eines Dieners zum Unternehmer- und den Preis, den er dafür zahlt." Oliver Jungen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "Drastisch, komisch, unsentumental, ehrlich, naiv und hart. Wer etwas über die Realtät im heutigen Indien erfahren möchte, kommt an diesem Buch nicht vorbei." Buchmarkt Vom- Tellerwäscher-zum-Millionär- die indische Variante. "Ein unerhörtes Porträt seiner Heimat (...) Ein einziges großes Vergnügen für den Leser!" Tanja Beuthien, stern.de

Aravind Adiga - A ​Fehér Tigris
E ​regény hőse gyilkos, aki nem nyeri el méltó büntetését. Sőt épp e gyilkosságnak köszönhetően lesz szerencsétlen sorsra született senkiből sikeres vállalkozóvá napjaink indiai társadalmában. Gyilkos, aki egyébként egy állatot sem tudna megölni. Áldozata pedig gazdája, aki szintén olyannyira nem szereti a kegyetlenkedést, hogy maga is vegetáriánus, és szolgájával is jól bánik. Akkor hát miért ölik meg? Pénzért. Ez a regény nem tanmese, még csak nem is bűnügyi történet, mindkettőnél jóval több. Modern levélregény, amely egy laptopon íródik. Nem igazán fontos, hogy kihez – egyébként a Kínai Népköztársaság miniszterelnökéhez –, sokkal lényegesebb ennél, hogy kihasználja a műfaj kínálta lehetőségeket. Tulajdonképp egy rendkívül provokatív, kíméletlen hangon megszólaló, környezetének morális hagyományait semmibe vevő lírai monológot olvashatunk, mely egyben szinte szociografikus ábrázolása is az évezred első évtizedébe lépő Indiának. Ahol a minden haladást béklyóba kötő, évezredes hagyomány együtt él a modern technológia által felforgatott, ugyanakkor velejéig korrupt politikai rendszer mindennapi gyakorlatával. Az Indiában született, majd Ausztráliában, Amerikában és Angliában is tanulmányokat folytató, ma Mumbáíban élő szerző jól ismeri a nyugati embertípus naiv személetmódját, mely gyakran a „megvilágosodást keresve”, még mindig a hatvanas évek végi hippi idealizmusának egyfajta szellemi örököseként látogat el Indiába: a provokatív hangnem elsősorban nekik (nekünk) szól, és késztet rá bennünket, hogy újragondoljuk Indiával kapcsolatos, közhelyes elképzeléseinket.

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