Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower

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Searing. Explosive. Lyrical. Compassionate. Here is the astonishing new novel by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of "The White Tiger, " a book that took rage and anger at injustice and turned it into a thrilling murder story. Now, with the same fearlessness and insight, Aravind Adiga broadens his canvas to give us a riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city's most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji. Shah offers Masterji and his neighbors--the residents of Vishram Society's Tower A, a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah's luxury high-rise would be built--a generous buyout. They can't believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore--and expose--it. Vivid, visceral, told with both humor and poignancy, "Last Man in Tower" is his most stunning work more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 589.67g
  • Knopf Publishing Group
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0307594092
  • 9780307594099
  • 620,211

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"Epic. . . Adiga capture[s] the vicious underbelly of modern-day real estate in India's maximum city. Even more so, he taps into the lives and minds of India's growing middle class. They inhabit the sphere between the city's slums and, say, the world's first billion-dollar home recently built in Bombay, with more square footage than the Palace of Versailles. Like the United States more than a half a century earlier, India is in its ascension, and all the materialism and belligerence about who might be getting left behind is a perfect echo of our Cold War era. The Indians of Adiga's book yearn for material stability. What that means, how much one really needs to be secure, is at the heart of the story. For the defiant Masterji, [what it means] is the dangerous desire of wanting nothing other than to die in the place where his family's memories reside." --Meera Subramanian, "Orion Magazine " "Vivid. . . A novel written by a Man Booker prize winner [comes with] high expectations, [and] Adiga's latest "Last Man in Tower, "does not disappoint. He skillfully builds the backdrop for his story. With few words, he sets the scene of poverty and filth in the slums in sharp contrast to the newfound riches made by some in Mumbai, contrasting the new India and its bright technological future with the last remnants of the British Raj. . . . Graphic and colorful . . . thought-provoking and intense." --Christine Morris Campbell, "The Decatur Daily" "In the rapidly expanding city of Mumbai, where new buildings sprout like weeds, the construction business isn't just a front for illegal activity, it's a raison d'etre. When a less-than-ethical developer tries to lure, and later coerce, a community of long-standing tenants out of their apartment complex, it is only the widowed schoolteacher of 3A who continues to rebuff him. In this struggle, Adiga--the author of the Man Booker-winning "The White Tiger"--maps out in luminous prose India's ambivalence toward its acceshow more

About Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adigais the author of "The White Tiger, "which was awarded the 2008 Man Booker Prize, ""and a collection of stories, "Between the Assassinations. "He was born in India and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. He is a former correspondent for "Time" magazine whose work has also appeared in "The""New Yorker," "Granta," "The Sunday Times" (London), and the" Financial Times, "among other publications.""He lives in more

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