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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

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Auteur: Arundhati Roy
Uitgever: Hamish Hamilton
  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780241303986
  • januari 2017
  • Paperback
  • 445 pagina's
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Arundhati Roy

Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

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A monumental new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS. This is a book about love. Love in the most improbable circumstances. Its geographical setting is precise and particular, but its real setting is the soul. It is peopled by souls of the present as well as the departed. Souls that have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love.

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years-the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

'A novel that demands and rewards the reader's concentration, this is a dazzling return to form' Independent


She is back with a heavyweight state-of-the-nation story that has been ten years in the making * Daily Mail * Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first * Financial Times * A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion * Washington Post * A humane, engaged near-fairy tale that soon turns dark - full of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks * Kirkus (starred review) * An author worth waiting two decades for * Financial Times * Ambitious, original, and haunting. A novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines . . .essential to Roy's vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, Garcia Marquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendence-an entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic -- Donna Seaman * Booklist (starred review) * 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 * Daily Telegraph * Teems with human drama, contains a vivid cast of characters and offers an evocative, searing portrait of modern India * Tatler * A beautiful and grotesque portrait of modern India and the world beyond. Take your time over it, just as the author did * Good Housekeeping * This intimate epic about India over the past two decades is superb: political but never preachy; heartfelt yet ironic; precisely poetic * Daily Telegraph * Arguably the biggest publishing event of the year * Financial Times * Fantastic. The novel is unflinchingly critical of power, and yet she empowers her underdog characters to persevere, leaving readers with a few droplets of much-needed hope. It's heartening when writers live up to the hyperbole that surrounds them * Hirsh Sawhney * A kaleidoscopic story about the struggle for Kashmir's independence * Washington Post * A sprawling, kaleidoscopic fable about love and resistance in modern India * The Guardian * The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things * Penguin *

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  • Een prachtig boek
    • Spannend
    • Fantasierijk
    • Moeilijk in te komen
    • Ingewikkeld verhaal

    Een prachtig boek met een wervelwind aan anekdotes en verhalen. De vele personages zijn soms wat verwarrend in het begin, maar je krijgt echt een mooie doorsnede van de indiase smeltkroes en het conflict in Kashmir.

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  • Een onthullende inkijk in de politieke situatie van het huidige India.
    • Spannend
    • Fantasierijk
    • Ingewikkeld verhaal

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    Je moet geinteresseerd zijn in India om dit boek te kunnen waarderen; als je van Shalman Rushdie houdt vind je dit waarschijnlijk ook boeiend.

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  • Zeer goed
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    Twee pluspunten: spannend en fantasierijk.

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januari 2017
1e druk
20,8 x 14,1 x 3,8 cm
Aantal pagina's
445 pagina's


Arundhati Roy
Hamish Hamilton


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