The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga has won the 2008 Man Booker literary prize:

Adiga becomes the third debut novelist, and the second Indian debut novelist, to win the award in the forty year history of the prize. The two other debut novelists to have won the prize are DBC Pierre in 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little and Arundhati Roy in 1997 for The God of Small Things.

Aravind Adiga's winning novel The White Tiger is described as a "compelling, angry and darkly humorous" novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success.

The Booker awards 50,000 pounds (nearly $89,000) to the winner, making it the highest-paid fiction prize in the world. Adiga, 33, is the second-youngest writer to win in the Booker's 40-year history.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

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