Sold Out - ARUNDHATI ROY at Town Hall
*This event is Sold Out*
Thanks to TASVEER (www.tasveer.org) for its assistance with this evening.
This a night not to be missed as Arundhati Roy, almost exactly twenty years after the first time she came to read in Seattle, for her just-published first novel, The God of Small Things, returns - not for the first time since - but this time with her much-anticipated second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Knopf), in hand. We count the writing Arundhati Roy has done since The God of Small Things - her political writings, writings of witness, activism, investigation - utterly important and vital, of no less import than her fiction. Many of these writings, published in small volumes these past years, are now (in the US) in the larger, recently released volume, The End of Imagination. Also newly in hand, a book-length essay, The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste: The Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi (both Haymarket) But then there is this novel. From the very first advance reviews:
“The first novel in 20 years from Roy, and worth the wait: a humane, engaged near fairy tale that soon turns dark—full of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike, in the streets, rooming houses, and business offices of Delhi . . . Roy constructs a world in which characters cross boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and gender to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks. An assured novel borne along by a swiftly moving storyline that addresses the most profound issues with elegant humor.” — Kirkus Reviews.
“Ambitious, original, and haunting . . . a novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines . . . Shifting fluidly between moods and time frames, Roy juxtaposes first-person and omniscient narration with ‘found’ documents to weave her characters’ stories with India’s tensions . . . Sweeping, intricate, and sometimes topical, the novel’s complexity feels essential to Roy’s vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world.” — Publishers Weekly.