Friday, July 17, 2009

How Reading Shaped Aravind Adiga

How could we function without our only common language? Doing away with English seemed to me tantamount to doing away with India: We were the language's, before the language was ours.
Booker winner Aravind Adiga talks about his relationship with the English language and the literature that shaped him, in today's Independent.*

Adiga has a new collection of short fiction out : Between the Assassinations.

*(I have a subtext here for the wannabes - this is how hungry an author needs to be for words, this is how widely you have to read if you want to suceed. The writing of others has to form you, before you in turn have anything to give. *Steps off soapbox*)

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