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Man Booker Book Club

9781439152928.jpgThe 2008 Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga is leading the first edition of a digital book club at The Daily Beast, exploring his new novel, “Between the Assassinations.”

In an essay about his writing process, the author explained how he threw out his outline while researching a novel in his hometown. The book club package also includes video material, a novel excerpt, and his answers readers’ questions. Earlier this week, the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize was announced.

Check it out: “This seemed like a new challenge: to learn about the invisible majority of Mangalore, and write about their struggles and joys. To write a book that would be truer to my hometown than my childhood was. Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people–and a small slice of life being passed off as an ‘authentic’ portrait of the country.”

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