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Rigberto González on Arundhati Roy's 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness': dazzling but imperfect

Rigberto González on Arundhati Roy's 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness': dazzling but imperfect

After the publication of her Booker Prize-winning debut and international bestseller “The God of Small Things” in 1997, Arundhati Roy became one of India’s most-celebrated authors and also one of the country’s more notable political voices. Her nonfiction essays and public commentary take clear and sometimes controversial positions on globalization, neo-imperialism and the ongoing conflict with Kashmir. With the release of “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” Roy merges her energies as a fiction writer and an activist, shaping a rich narrative that’s as complex and multivalent as modern India.

The emotional centers of the novel are Anjum and Tilo, whose lives...

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