WHITE TIGER Author is Back

Between the Assassinations, a new story collection by Aravind Adiga, winner of last year’s Man Booker Prize for his first novel, The White Tiger, is the subject of a Newsweek article and receives high marks from People magazine this week. All libraries we checked had some reserves and at least 9 copies. 

Noting that Adiga grew up in the Indian town of Mangalore and was educated at Columbia and Oxford, Newsweek compares his tales of fictitious Kittur, India to Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. While praising the “richer and more nuanced” view of India in Adiga’s new collection, which includes the perspectives of “Muslims, Hindus and Christians; rich and poor; young and old; upper caste and lower,” Newsweek also judges the collection’s literary merits “more slight” than those of The White Tiger.

Between the Assassinations is set between the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and that of her son Rajiv in 1991. Or, as Adiga put it to Newsweek, between the time “when old India should have come to an end,” and when the new economy began to flourish. In the India of The White Tiger, “if you break the rules, you can get what you want,” Adiga explained. “But in Between the Assassinations there is no breaking the rules.”

Between the Assassinations
Aravind Adiga
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Free Press – (2009-06-09)
ISBN / EAN: 1439152926 / 9781439152928

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • $39.99; 9780743597203

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