Arundhati Roy, A Booker Prize winner is to publish her second novel after 20 years in June 2017.
20 years back her bestseller was the God of small things came out. Her second novel is the ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Arundhati Roy said, “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”.
Though she has written a wide range of non-fiction essays, advocacies, and articles, this will be her first long fiction novel after her debut in 1997.
The publishers Hamish Hamilton and Penguin said, “To publish this book is both a pleasure and an honor. What an incredible book it is – on multiple levels; one of the finest we have read in recent times. The writing is extraordinary, and so too are the characters – brought to life with such generosity and empathy, in the language of the utmost freshness, joyfully reminding us that words are alive too, that they can wake us up and lend us new ways of seeing, feeling, hearing, engaging.”
“It makes the novel new – in the original meaning of the novel.”
Roy is known for criticizing Western multinationals and the excesses of capitalism. Arundhati Roy has also featured on the cover of Elle magazine, saying she wanted to break the myth of typical Indian beauty. She said, “I’m a black woman. Most of us are. Ninety percent of us are. This obsession that Indians have with white skin and straight hair makes me sick”.