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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 The White Tiger
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'Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The White Tiger Ramin Bahrani , ( dir. Ramin Bahrani ) India United States of America (USA) : Lava Media Netflix ARRAY Filmworks , 2021 21143208 2021 single work film/TV

'A rich Indian family's ambitious driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top as an entrepreneur.'

Source: Production blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Ramin Bahrani

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Atlantic Books ,
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      Extent: 321p.
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      • Published March 1st 2008
      ISBN: 9781843547211 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Free Press ,
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      Extent: 276p.
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      • Published 14 October 2008
      ISBN: 9781416562597
    • Waterville, Maine,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Thorndike Press ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 397p.
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      • Published: 1st August 2008
      ISBN: 9781410408778 (hbk.)
    • London,
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      Atlantic Books ,
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      Extent: 336p.
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      • Published March 2009
      ISBN: 9781843547228
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      Atlantic Books ,
      2018 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published May 2018
      ISBN: 9781786495013
    • London,
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      Atlantic Books ,
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      Extent: 321p.
      Edition info: Netflix Tie-In
      ISBN: 9781838953904
Alternative title: La Tigre Bianca
Language: Italian
    • Torino, Piedmont,
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      Italy,
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      Einaudi ,
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      Extent: 232p.
      Note/s:
      • Published September 15th 2008
      ISBN: 9788806201579

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  • Sound recording.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Looking behind Grand Façades : The Ambiguous Visibility of Urban Wealth in The Unknown Terrorist, Saturday, and The White Tiger Helga Ramsey-Kurz , 2021 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel : A Review of International English Literature , July-October vol. 52 no. 3/4 2021; (p. 117-139)

'Scholarship on literary renderings of the urban has focussed primarily on poverty and thus contributed to a somewhat one-sided perception of social inequalities. For the sake of a more comprehensive perception of the social asymmetries shaping today's cities, this essay focuses on urban wealth and explores its centrality to three neoliberal city-novels written in the first decade of this century: Ian McEwan's Saturday (2005), Richard Flanagan's The Unknown Terrorist (2006), and Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger (2008). To explore how these three otherwise quite dissimilar texts represent the perceived "fantastic conspicuousness of consumption and affluence" (Baudrillard 25) in modern cities, the essay considers voices in urban studies critiquing the once optimistic understanding of cities as "wealth machines" (Molotch) and draws on Andrea Brighenti's theoretical deconstruction of the popular equation of visibility with power and invisibility with powerlessness. Conspicuousness, it submits, is only one side of urban wealth; another is, as the three novels under study show, the typical intangibility of capital power, enforced by an intricate interplay of exposure and concealment of urban wealth and itself enforcing social divides in cities.' (Publication abstract)

Debunking the Myth of the Entrepreneur through Narrative in the Contemporary South Asian Novel Michael K. Walonen , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , September vol. 22 no. 2 2019; (p. 246-260)

'The post-Cold War wave of neoliberalism that has swept South Asia has had to be propped up not just by the repressive apparatuses of the region’s states, but through an array of ideological reinforcements as well. The cultural myth of the entrepreneur has served this function as one of the main ideological legitimizations of neoliberal capitalism, attributing meritocracy to cases of individual wealth accumulation and conveying a sense of a society in which government has gotten out of the way and let the most creative and innovative thrive and thereby preempting alternative narratives of capitalist success, such as those emphasizing nepotism, illegal and/or socially harmful business practices, and/or crony-capitalist practices. The rise of the entrepreneur myth has provoked a cultural response in the form of a number of recent novels that employ alternative narratives of business success to debunk the myth of the entrepreneur and thereby challenge the legitimacy of neoliberal capitalism. This essay argues that The White Tiger highlights the criminalistic side of entrepreneurialness and, while showing how free-market capitalism in India may allow the select few to escape from residual feudal social structures, unmasks the continuing brutalities and deepening inequalities of neoliberal India wallpapered over by triumphalist popular celebrations of the entrepreneur and India’s emergence as a global capitalist powerhouse. Similarly, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia gives lie to certain core entrepreneurial capitalist shibboleths like market inefficiencies, externalization of costs, and the pretense of a stateless capitalist future, while substituting a narrative resolution of deep human connection for the entrepreneur’s lonely, atomized economic triumph. Finally, The Golden House gives narrative form to the quixotic ill-fatedness of the dream of escaping one’s roots and joining the ranks of a transnational capitalist plutocratic elite through entrepreneurial success while exploring the recent nativist backlash against neoliberal globalization.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Aravinda Adiga's The White Tiger Bruce Pattinson , Seven Hills : Five Senses Education , 2016 9831132 2016 single work criticism
y separately published work icon The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2015 8974590 2015 single work criticism
y separately published work icon Aravind Adiga's the White Tiger Anica Boulanger-Mashberg , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2015 8339430 2015 single work criticism
The Complete Picture Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 May 2008; (p. 10)

— Review of The Red Book Meaghan Delahunt , 2008 single work novel ; The White Tiger Aravind Adiga , 2008 single work novel
Book of a Lifetime 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent , 28 March 2008;

— Review of The White Tiger Aravind Adiga , 2008 single work novel
A Clever Cartoon for Grown-Ups Eileen Battersby , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Irish Times , 11 October 2008; (p. 11)

— Review of The White Tiger Aravind Adiga , 2008 single work novel
An Antidote to the Indian Dream Peter Robins , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Daily Telegraph , 9 August 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of The White Tiger Aravind Adiga , 2008 single work novel
Changing Lanes Tony D'Souza , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Washington Post , 8 June 2008; (p. 6)

— Review of The White Tiger Aravind Adiga , 2008 single work novel
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright Stephanie Bunbury , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 11 October 2008; (p. 24-25)
Dark Horses Elisabeth Wynhausen , John Zubrzycki , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 October 2008; (p. 6)
Roars of Anger Stuart Jeffries , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian , 16 October 2008; (p. 14)
From James Ruse to Booker Best Leesha McKenny , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 October 2008; (p. 5)
Booker Winner Went to School in Australia 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 October 2008; (p. 5)
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