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From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary 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 luxury building named the Shanghai. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built. 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.

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Aravind Adiga is 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 India.


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markbogdania, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by markbogdania)
Aravind Adiga follows his in initial offering "The White Tiger" with an equally insightful look into 21st century devi complexities. His first person narrative grabs ahold of you like a curried chicken satay as a retired schoolteacher takes on an international real estate developer. The resulting debate begs the the question: "Is progress a fortune cookie, or a six course meal?"
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Adiga, Aravind
Vintage Books
Literature-A to Z
fiction;india;mumbai;novel;real estate development;greed
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Vintage International
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