Adrian Turpin

Guide to Kittur

Between the Assassinations

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Call it the Slumdog Millionaire effect. Sooner or later, any writer who attempts to create fiction from the lives of India’s dispossessed will be accused of ‘poverty tourism’. In Between the Assassinations, Aravind Adiga anticipates the charge, linking a dozen or so short stories with extracts from a guidebook to the fictional south-western town of Kittur. More than just a convenient framing device, this bogus Baedeker serves as a reminder that, when it comes to understanding the lives of the poor, tourism is the only option. 

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