June 13, 2015 by Darius
I recently read Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga. Like Adiga’s other work, Between the Assassinations is a scathing critique of modern India.
Between the Assassinations is not so much a single novel with a cohesive plot as a collection of short stories. It examines life in Kittur, a fictionalized town in southwestern India, through a variety of perspectives. Though some characters are rich and others are poor, few come off looking good. Adiga’s Kittur is a thoroughly uninviting place, rent by divisions of religion and caste. The streets are filthy, the politicians are corrupt, and, above all, the people treat each other terribly, regardless of circumstance. The writing, however, is excellent, and Adiga has a wonderful eye for detail.
Between the Assassinations draws on the same themes and even some of the same images as Adiga’s earlier work The White Tiger. It is clear that Adiga is deeply unsatisfied with the direction his native country is taking. I can’t speak to whether or not his writing will do anything to improve things in India, but I can say that it is unlikely to spur tourism to India. 🙂