Aravind Adiga, premio Booker
Y ya hay ganador. Aravind Adiga, un novelista debutante, resultó el ganador del premio Booker 2008 con su novela The White Tiger. Así lo comenta The Guardian
Michael Portillo, the chair of the judges, talked of a final panel meeting characterised by "passionate debate". Adiga's book won by a "sufficient", but by no means unanimous, margin. "It was pretty close," said Portillo, and in the last stages it was down to a battle between The White Tiger and one other book. The White Tiger takes a sharp and unblinking look at the reality of India's economic miracle. Its antihero and narrator, Balram Halwai, is a cocksure, uneducated young man, the son of an impovershed rickshaw driver. By lying, betraying and using his sharp intelligence, Balram makes his ascent into the heady heights of Bangalore's big business. Portillo said that Adiga "undertakes an extraordinary task - he gains and holds the attention of the reader for a hero who is a thoroughgoing villain". He also praised the work's attention to "important social issues - the division between rich and poor, and issues on a global scale. And it is extremely readable." The main criterion for the prize, he said, was: "Does this book knock my socks off? And this did." The feeling among the judges, Portillo said, was that "here was a book on the cutting edge, dealing with a different aspect of India, unfamiliar perhaps to many readers. "What set it apart was its originality. The feeling was that this was new territory."