Arundhati Roy is one of the most acclaimed writers of today. Having won Booker prize for her work, she is also involved in many human & environment related causes. For her work as a social activist, she even received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by Lannan Foundation. It’s impossible for a book lover to miss her books in their collection. If you have not yet laid your hands on her books, this post will help you choose which ones to read.
5. The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001)
A collection of political essays, this book discusses many issues on which Arundhati Roy has been very vocal. She expresses her views on nuclear disarmament, globalization and terrorism very blatantly here. Roy does not force her views and opinions here, though she does make sure that the reader develops an opinion of his own. Some of the notable essays covered in this book are: ‘Democracy: Who’s She When She’s at Home’, which examines the horrific communal violence in Gujarat, ‘War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs’, about the threat of nuclear war and more.
4. An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (2004)
This is another collection of 14 speeches and essays written between 2002 and 2004. It revolves around diverse topics which though disconnected have been woven together beautifully in this work of hers. This book in particular highlights caste and communalism in India, AIDS in South Africa, USA’s war on terror, role of NGO’s, growing corporate power and more. If you are well versed with these issues, this book definitely gives you a much deeper insight.
3. 13 December: A Reader, the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament (2006)
This book brings about 15 consolidated essays, which raises question on the enquiry system held after the attack on Indian parliament. She unfolds various facts and raises questions with the help of lawyers, journalists and writers who closely examined the incident and contributed in this book. This work of Arundhati Roy is another eye-opener on the intricate details that stand hidden for the citizens of the country.
2. In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones: The Original Screenplay (2003)
In this book Arundhati Roy talks about the making of the film (released in 1989), its unusual screenplay and its significance in her current involvement in art and politics. This movie had won her the National Award for best screenplay and starred her and Shah Rukh Khan. You should have this book of hers in your collection as it is a break from her current writing genre.
1. The God of Small Things (1997)
This book of Arundhati Roy cannot be missed by any book-lover. Not only did it won her the Booker prize, but also gave her the platform to talk on other issues thereafter. This was the debut novel of hers that revolved around the experiences of fraternal twins and their family, and their tryst with missing love. This book is a must-have in your shelf, if you have yet not bought it.