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V by Catherine Ann Berger
VJ to Lord Voldemort
Animal's People by Indra Sinha was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007 and winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2008.
The novel's main character is a 19-year-old orphaned boy whom everyone calls Animal because he was left crippled after the gas leak in the nearby chemical factory in Khaufpur, known to us as Bhopal - one of the world's worst industrial disasters. Here Animal gives himself the name Vijay meaning victory, abbreviated to a cooler version of VJ. Lord Voldemort is a villain who needs little introduction, he is known worldwide as the antagonist of Harry Potter.
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