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Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing about Worlds Ripped Apart
It has been 20 years since acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, “The God of Small Things,” made her a literary sensation. While the book won the Booker Prize and became an international best-seller, selling over 6 million copies, Roy soon turned away from fiction. Now, two decades later, Roy has returned to fiction and has just published her second novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.”
Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”
Twenty years ago, Indian writer Arundhati Roy published the groundbreaking novel “The God of Small Things.” It won the Booker Prize and catapulted Roy to international fame. But her readers have had to wait 20 years to read Roy’s next novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” which was just published. This is Arundhati Roy reading an excerpt from her acclaimed new novel.
Acclaimed Novelist Arundhati Roy on Telling the Truth of the Atrocities in Kashmir Through Fiction
For decades, Kashmir has been one of the most militarized zones in the world. It’s also a territory that, according to acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy, is nearly impossible to capture in nonfiction writing. But Roy has not shied away from writing about Kashmir in her second novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” which has just been published.
Arundhati Roy on Upcoming Meeting Between Indian PM Modi & Trump at White House
Next week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the United States and meet with Donald Trump. Modi was once banned from the United States on charges he did not intervene in a massacre against Muslims in 2002 in the Indian state of Gujarat. Trump has praised Prime Minister Modi, while Hindu nationalists have been big supporters of Trump, even throwing him a birthday party celebration earlier this month. While critics often compare Modi to Trump, Arundhati Roy says there are important distinctions between the two, referring to Modi as the “opposite of an outlier.”