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A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright s "Native" "Son," "The White Tiger" follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India s caste society. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before (John Burdett, "Bangkok 8"). The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, "The White Tiger" is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation and a startling, provocative debut."

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416562605
  • 9781416562603
  • 65,035

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"An exhilarating, side-splitting account of India today, as well as an eloquent howl at her many injustices. Adiga enters the literary scene resplendent in battle dress and ready to conquer. Let us bow to him." -- Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan" and "The Russian Debutante's Handbook"

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