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The checkbook and the cruise missile : conversations with Arundhati Roy : interviews
Barsamian, David.
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Cambridge, Mass. : South End Press, [2004]

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xii, 178 pages : 1 map ; 22 cm
Amherst, Mass., February 16, 2001 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 29, 2002 -- New Dehli, India, November 20, 2002 -- Los Angeles, May 26, 2003.
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Roy is author of the Booker-winning The God of Small Things as well as a keen observer of the worldwide social and economic shakeup known as globalization. Here she sets aside her usual role as essayist and appears in four long conversations with Alternative Radio journalist Barsamian. The interview

Author Notes

Suzanna Arundhati Roy, 1961 - Suzanna Roy was born November 24, 1961. Her parents divorced and she lived with her mother Mary Roy, a social activist, in Aymanam. Her mother ran an informal school named Corpus Christi and it was there Roy developed her intellectual abilities, free from the rules of formal education. At the age of 16, she left home and lived on her own in a squatter's colony in Delhi. She went six years without seeing her mother.

She attended Delhi School of Architecture where she met and married fellow student Gerard Da Cunha. Neither had a great interest in architecture so they quit school and went to Goa. They stayed there for seven months and returned broke. Their marriage lasted only four years. Roy had taken a job at the National Institute of Urban Affairs and, while cycling down a road; film director Pradeep Krishen offered her a small role as a tribal bimbo in Massey Saab. She then received a scholarship to study the restoration of monuments in Italy. During her eight months in Italy, she realized she was a writer. Now married to Krishen, they planned a 26-episode television epic called Banyan Tree. They didn't shoot enough footage for more than four episodes so the serial was scrapped. She wrote the screenplay for the film In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Electric Moon.

Her next piece caused controversy. It was an article that criticized Shekar Kapur's film Bandit Queen, which was about Phoolan Devi. She accused Kapur of misrepresenting Devi and it eventually became a court case. Afterwards, finished with film, she concentrated on her writing, which became the novel "A God of Small Things." It is based on what it was like growing up in Kerala. The novel contains mild eroticism and again, controversy found Roy having a public interest petition filed to remove the last chapter because of the description of a sexual act. It took Roy five years to write "A God of Small Things" and was released April 4, 1997 in Delhi. It received the Booker prize in London in 1997 and has topped the best-seller lists around the world. Roy is the first non-expatriate Indian author and the first Indian woman to win the Booker prize.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Arundhati Roy is best known for her Booker Prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things. However, this collection of interviews-conducted over a two-year period by Barsamian (founder and director of Alternative Radio)-focuses on Roy's role as an activist. Topics range from the political to the literary, with heavy emphasis on social, political, and environmental issues. Barsamian's title refers to the implied influence of money and military buildup in India that Roy has continuously protested. This led to her highly publicized arrest after she criticized the Indian Supreme Court in March 2002. Though Roy paid the fine after serving a one-day prison sentence, she continues to speak out. Loosely structured around themes like privatization, power, and globalization, these informal interviews give voice to Roy's political opinions and are intended as articulate analyses and arguments against the powerful corruption that she sees as destroying her native country. Recommended for all collections.-Katherine E. Merrill, SUNY at Geneseo Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Naomi Klein
Forewordp. vi
Knowledge and Powerp. 1
Terror and the Maddened Kingp. 41
Privatization and Polarizationp. 59
Globalization of Dissentp. 129
Glossaryp. 159
Map of Indiap. 162
Notesp. 163
Indexp. 175