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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

By Arundhati Roy

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Format: Hardback, 464 pages
The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things 'The first novel in 20 years from Roy, and worth the wait: a humane, engaged near fairy tale' Kirkus (starred review) The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years-the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared. Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts. 'Ambitious, original, and haunting' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, Garcia Marquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. An entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic' Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages. Since then Roy has published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She lives in Delhi.

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An author worth waiting two decades for Financial Times 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 to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks Kirkus (starred review) Ambitious, original, and haunting. A novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines ...essential to Roy's vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world Publishers Weekly (starred review) A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, Garcia Marquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendence-an entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic -- Donna Seaman Booklist (starred review)

EAN: 9780241303979
ISBN: 0241303974
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.1 x 4 centimetres (0.62 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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