Arundhati to publish second novel next year
October 03 2016 10:52 PM
Author Arundhati Roy

AFP New Delhi

Author Arundhati Roy (pictured) yesterday announced that her second novel will be published in 2017 - 20 years after she won the Booker Prize for her debut one.
Roy, an activist and outspoken government critic, said through her publishers that The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness would be released next year.
“I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers,” Roy said in a statement.
Her literary agent David Godwin said: “Only Arundhati could have written this novel. Utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait.”
The 54-year-old has published a range of non-fiction works including about her time in India’s jungles researching the country’s Maoists who are fighting for land rights.
But this will be her first novel since The God of Small Things, published in 1997 about twins growing up in Kerala which earned her the prestigious prize.
One of India’s most famous and polarising authors, Roy faced arrest for sedition for challenging India’s right to rule over Jammu and Kashmir in 2010.
Roy also criticises the United States as a global empire established through violence, rails against Western multinationals and decries the excesses of capitalism.
She recently featured on the cover of Elle magazine, saying she wanted to break the myth of the typical Indian beauty.

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