Just a Minute With: The six Booker Prize nominees

Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:57am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The Man Booker Prize 2008, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, will be announced on Tuesday.

Below, the six shortlisted authors share their thoughts about the nominated works and what the Booker means to them.

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1. Aravind Adiga/"The White Tiger" (Atlantic) (first-time novelist born in India in 1974, raised partly in Australia, lives in Mumbai)

Q: Can you describe your book and why should people read it?

A: "The White Tiger is the story of a man's quest for freedom; and of the terrible cost of that freedom. Its protagonist, Balram Halwai, is a member of the invisible Indian underclass -- one of the millions of poor Indians who have been bypassed by the economic boom. The novel attempts to give literary voice to those who are being written out of the narratives of our time -- the poor.

Q: What does the Man Booker Prize mean to you?

A: "Every young writer in the English language dreams of being short-listed for the Man Booker Prize one day. It's one of the highest literary honors around. 2. Sebastian Barry/"The Secret Scripture" (Faber and Faber) (previously nominated for the Booker in 2005, born in Dublin in 1955, a playwright as well as a novelist)

Q: Can you describe your book and why should people read it?   Continued...