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Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her political writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.
The perfect gift for the activists, rebels and freedom fighters in your life... The chant of 'Azadi!' - Urdu for 'Freedom!' - is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against what Kashmiris see as the Indian Occupation. Ironically, it also became the chant of millions on the streets of India against the project of Hindu Nationalism. Even as Arundhati Roy began to ask what lay between these two calls for Freedom - a chasm or a bridge? - the streets fell silent. Not only in India, but all over the world. The Coronavirus brought with it another, more terrible understanding of Azadi, making a nonsense of international borders, incarcerating whole populations, and bringing the modern world to a halt like nothing else ever could. In this series of electrifying essays, Arundhati Roy challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism. The essays include meditations on language, public as well as private, and on the role of fiction and alternative imaginations in these disturbing times. The pandemic, she says, is a portal between one world and another. For all the illness and devastation it has left in its wake, it is an invitation to the human race, an opportunity, to imagine another world.
Twenty years, a thousand pages, and now a single beautiful edition of Arundhati Roy's complete non-fiction. My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment. Taken together, these essays trace her twenty year journey from the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things to the extraordinary The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: a journey marked by compassion, clarity and courage. Radical and readable, they speak always in defence of the collective, of the individual and of the land, in the face of the destructive logic of financial, social, religious, military and governmental elites. In constant conversation with the themes and settings of her novels, the essays form a near-unbroken memoir of Arundhati Roy's journey as both a writer and a citizen, of both India and the world, from 'The End of Imagination', which begins this book, to 'My Seditious Heart', with which it ends.
A richly moving new novel -- the first since the author's Booker-Prize winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent - from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi and the glittering malls of the burgeoning new metropolis to the snowy mountains and valleys of Kashmir, where war is peace and peace is war, and from time to time 'normalcy' is declared. Anjum unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. We encounter the incorrigible Saddam Hussain, the unforgettable Tilo and the three men who loved her - including Musa whose fate as tightly entwined with hers as their arms always used to be. Tilo's landlord, another former suitor, is now an Intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then there are the two Miss Jebeens: the first born in Srinagar and buried, aged four, in its overcrowded Martyrs' Graveyard; the second found at midnight, in a crib of litter, on the concrete pavement of New Delhi.
La India es un pais de mil doscientos millones de personas y es la "e;democracia"e; mas grande del mundo, con mas de 800 millones de votantes. Pero las 100 personas mas ricas del pais poseen activos que equivalen a una cuarta parte del Producto Interior Bruto. El resto de la poblacion son fantasmas en un sistema mas alla de su control. Millones de personas viven con menos de dos dolares al dia. Cientos de miles de agricultores se suicidan cada ano incapaces de hacer frente a sus deudas. Los dalits son expulsados de sus aldeas porque los propietarios, que les arrebataron sus tierras por no tener escrituras de propiedad, quieren dedicar la tierra a la agroindustria. Estos son solo algunos ejemplos de los "e;brotes verdes"e; de una economia que ha corrompido a la India contemporanea. Arundhati Roy examina el lado oscuro de la democracia y muestra cmo las exigencias del capitalismo globalizado han sometido a miles de millones de personas al racismo y a la explotacin. La autora expone cmo las megacorporaciones han desposedo de recursos naturales al pas y han sido capaces de influir a travs del Gobierno en todas las partes del pas, utilizando habitualmente al ejrcito y su fuerza bruta con fines lucrativos, as como a una amplia gama de ONG y fundaciones, para decidir la formulacin de polticas en la India.
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE 2018 THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE and THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'At magic hour; when the sun has gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke...' So begins The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy's incredible follow-up to The God of Small Things. We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guest-house in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who although she is loved by three men, lives in a 'country of her own skin' . When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight... 'A sprawling kaleidoscopic fable' Guardian, Books of the Year 'Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first' Financial Times 'A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion' Washington Post
Arundhati Roy, die Autorin des Weltbestsellers "e;Der Gott der kleinen Dinge"e;, kehrt zuruck! Ihr lange herbeigesehnter Roman "e;Das Ministerium des auersten Glucks"e; fuhrt uns an den unwahrscheinlichsten Ort, um das Gluck zu finden. Eine Reihe ausgestoener Helden ist hier mit ihrem Schicksal konfrontiert, aber sie finden eine Gemeinschaft, sie bilden eine Familie der besonderen Art. Auf einem Friedhof in der Altstadt von Delhi wird ein handgeknupfter Teppich ausgerollt. Auf einem Burgersteig taucht unverhofft ein Baby auf. In einem verschneiten Tal schreibt ein Vater einen Brief an seine dreijahrige Tochter uber die vielen Menschen, die zu ihrer Beerdigung kamen. In einem Zimmer im ersten Stock liest eine einsame Frau die Notizbucher ihres Geliebten. Im Jannat Guest House umarmen sich im Schlaf fest zwei Menschen, als hatten sie sich eben erst getroffen - dabei kennen sie einander schon ein Leben lang. Voller Inspiration, Gefuhl und Uberraschungen beweist der Roman auf jeder Seite Arundhati Roys Kunst. Erzahlt mit einem Flustern, einem Schrei, mit Freudentranen und manchmal mit einem bitteren Lachen ist dieser Roman zugleich Liebeserklarung wie Provokation: eine Hymne auf das Leben.
In ihrem Bestsellerroman Der Gott der kleinen Dinge erzahlt Arundhati Roy die schillernde Geschichte einer Familie, die an einer verbotenen Liebe zerbricht. Als die 31-jahrige Rahel nach vielen Jahren zuruckkehrt in ihr Heimatdorf im sudindischen Kerala, ist nichts mehr, wie es einst war. Die Konservenfabrik der Familie verfallen, die geliebte Mutter tot, der Zwillingsbruder verstummt. Zuruckgeblieben sind nur die Erinnerungen an eine Kindheit am Fluss, an die bewundernde Liebe zu Velutha, dem dunklen Angestellten ihrer Gromutter, und an einen tragischen Tag im Jahr 1969, der alles veranderte. Eine magische Geschichte vor dem Hintergrund der politischen Umbruche Indiens.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, written and read by Arundhati Roy. LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMENS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 AND THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 A sprawling kaleidoscopic fable Guardian, Book of the Year * A dazzling return to form Independent THE SUNDAY TIMES #1 BESTSELLER FROM THE BOOKER-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS An astonishing intimate epic. This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India Daily Telegraph At magic hour; when the sun has gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke . . . So begins The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roys incredible follow-up to The God of Small Things. We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guesthouse in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in a country of her own skin. When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight . . . Glorious, colourful and compelling. Roys second novel proves as remarkable as her first Financial Times The book filled me with awe. Propulsive, playful, gorgeous New York Times Book Review The unmissable literary read of the summer. With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, Ministry is well worth the wait Time Staggeringly beautiful - a fierce, fabulously disobedient novel. Roy is writing at the height of her powers. Urgent, intimate ecstatic Boston Globe A searing portrait of modern India Tatler This vast novel will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion Washington Post
On 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was attacked by a few heavily armed men. Eleven years later, we still do not know who was behind the attack, nor the identity of the attackers. Both the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court of India have noted that the police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions. Yet, on 9 February 2013, one man, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged to satisfy the collective conscience of society. This updated reader brings together essays by lawyers, academics, journalists and writers who have looked closely at the available facts and who have raised serious questions about the investigations and the trial. This new version examines the implications of Mohammad Afzal Guru s hanging and what it says about the Indian government s relationship with Kashmir.
In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy--a nation of 1.2 billion, where the country's 100 richest people own assets worth one quarter of India's gross domestic product. Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day. It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India's natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.
Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. The richly exotic story of the childhood the twins Esthappen and Rahel craft for themselves amongst India's vats of banana jam and mountains of peppercorns. Here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy's 'The God of Small Things' is an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism. Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, 'The God of Small Things' tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).
Power Politics is an essay that argues specifically against the privatization and corporatization of essential infrastructure. In this eloquent work, which proved her powerful commitment to social justice, she talks about her perspective on issues like globalization of the world economy, the privatization of India's power supply by US- based energy companies, and the construction of monumental dams that will dislocate hundreds of thousands of people. This work also includes an extended interview, in her New Delhi home, to Frontline's editor, N Ram.
Arundhati Roy ist eine der faszinierendsten Romanautorinnen Indiens und eine seiner mutigsten Frauen. Unbeirrt und mit Verve fuhrt sie uns vor Augen, wie es unter der glanzenden Oberflache des Subkontinents wirklich aussieht - fernab mystischer Verklarung und den bunten Lichtern Bollywoods. Mit leidenschaftlicher Uberzeugung, grundlicher politischer Analyse und einer wunderbar poetischen Sprache spricht sie in ihren Essays uber religiose und politische Ausgrenzung, uber kulturelle wie wirtschaftliche Missstande. Kuhn stellt sie sich den aktuellen Ereignissen der letzten Jahre - wie dem Pogrom gegen die Muslime in Gujarat 2002 oder den gewalttatigen Ausschreitungen in Mumbai 2008.
'What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning?' Combining brilliant insight and razor-sharp prose, Listening to Grasshoppers is Arundhati Roy's essential exploration of the political picture in India today. In these essays she takes a hard look at the underbelly of the world's largest democracy and shows how the journey that Hindu nationalism and neo-liberal economic reforms began together in the early 1990s is unravelling in dangerous ways. Beginning with the state-backed killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, and ending with an analysis of the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, Listening to Grasshoppers tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India's precarious future and, along the way, asks fundamental questions about democracy itself - a political system that has, by virtue of being considered 'the best available option', been put beyond doubt and correction.
Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. The richly exotic story of the childhood the twins Esthappen and Rahel craft for themselves amongst India's vats of banana jam and mountains of peppercorns. Repackaged as part of the 2008 Perennial fiction promotion. More magical than Mistry, more of a rollicking good read than Rushdie, more nerve-tinglingly imagined than Naipaul, here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy has written an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism. Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, 'The God of Small Things' tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Among the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family -- their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle-baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed enemy; Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).
'They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.' This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother's factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion a childhood in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher) and their sworn enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun, incumbent grand-aunt). Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize-winning novel was the literary sensation of the 1990s: a story anchored to anguish but fuelled by wit and magic.