Man Booker Nomination For Arundhati Roy

Author Arundhati Roy’s novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year.

Roy – the only author to have won the Booker before – is listed for her novel about an Indian transgender woman, which judges called a “rich and vital book”. Speaking about why it took her two decades to produce a second novel, Roy told the Guardian earlier this year that “fiction just takes its time. It’s no hurry. I can’t write it faster or slower than I have; it’s like you’re a sedimentary rock that’s just gathering all these layers, and swimming around.”

Read the review of Ministry of Utmost Happiness here

Born in 1961, New Delhi based Roy has published several works of non-fiction, including ‘The Algebra of Infinite Justice’, ‘Listening to Grasshoppers’ and ‘Broken Republic’ with ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ her second work of fiction.

“Only when we’d finally selected our 13 novels did we fully realise the huge energy, imagination and variety in them as a group. The longlist showcases a diverse spectrum — not only of voices and literary styles but of protagonists too, in their culture, age and gender.

Nevertheless we found there was a spirit common to all these novels: though their subject matter might be turbulent, their power and range were life-affirming — a tonic for our times.

Together their authors — both recognised and new — explore an array of literary forms and techniques, frm those working in a traditional vein to those who aim to move the walls of fiction’,” Lola Young, chair of this year’s judges, said.

The longlist, which was announced on Thursday, features 13 books that are published in the United Kingdom between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.

A panel of five judges selected the 13 books from 144 submissions. The judges had called Roy’s second novel a “rich and vital book”, reported The GuardianThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness is about an Indian transgender woman. It was published 20 years after her debut novel The God of Small Things, for which she had won the Man Booker Prize in 1997.

Read the review of Ministry of Utmost Happiness here


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