The Weekend Leader - Aravind Adiga's 'Amnesty' to release on Feb 20

Aravind Adiga's 'Amnesty' to release on Feb 20

New Delhi


Booker-prize winning author Aravind Adiga's next book 'Amnesty' will be released on February 20.

Published by PAN Macmillan, it is a story of Danny – Dhananjaya Rajaratnam – an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka.

Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair.

Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone?

Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

Aravind Adiga, born in 1974 in Chennai was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford. His articles have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of India.

His first novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2008.

He is also the author of Last Man in Tower and Selection Day.IANS 

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