The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Paperback)Arundhati Roy (author)
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A triumphant return from Arundhati Roy, 20 years after her Booker Prize-winning debut The God of Small Things. An interwoven portrait of contemporary India: ambitious, exuberant and unforgettable.
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017
A richly moving new novel—the first since the author’s Booker-Prize winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic.
How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a sub-continent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety— in search of meaning, and of love.
In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another, as though they have just met.
A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation—a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in—and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.
Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.
Want to read more about Arundhati Roy's long-awaited return to fiction? Simon Prosser, Hamish Hamilton's Publishing Director, describes the extraordinary moment he received the manuscript for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'A sprawling, kaleidoscopic fable about love and resistance in modern India' - The Guardian
'Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first An author worth waiting two decades for' - The Financial Times
'She is back with a heavyweight state-of-the-nation story that has been ten years in the making' - The Daily Mail
'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness confirms Roy's status as a writer of delicate human dramas that also touch on some of the largest questions of the day. It is the novel as intimate epic. Expect to see it on every prize shortlist this year' - The Times
'Heartfelt, poetic, intimate, laced with ironic humour...The intensity of Roy's writing - the sheer amount she cares about these people - compels you to concentrate...This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India' - The Daily Telegraph
'This intimate epic about India over the past two decades is superb: political but never preachy; heartfelt yet ironic; precisely poetic' - The Daily Telegraph
'A kaleidoscopic story about the struggle for Kashmir's independence' - The Washington Post
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