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Arundhati Roy
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7 Jun 2012

Three new essays by India's fiercest, most outspoken and fearless political activist

War has spread from the borders of India to the forests in the very heart of the country. Combining brilliant analysis and reportage by one of India's iconic writers, Broken Republic examines the nature of progress and development in the emerging global superpower, and asks fundamental questions about modern civilization itself. In three incisive essays Roy lays bare the corruption at the centre of government and industry, explores life with the Maoist guerrilla movement and reveals the thwarted search for justice and democracy in India.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241956978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956977
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arundhati Roy is an award-winning film-maker and a trained architect. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997 and was a bestseller in more than two dozen countries worldwide.

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She is a natural rebel . . . Roy's version of India is uncompromising . . . She is the insider on the outside, part of a movement and yet, as a writer, inevitably alone - the individual at the heart of a crowd (New Statesman)

Her prose is vivid and poetic: witty wordplay interspersed with biting satire (Independent)

Scalpel-sharp wit and insight (Express Tribune (Karachi Edition))

A fine piece of reportage . . . The language is lyrical but Roy's critique is excoriating (Scotsman Magazine)

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Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997. She has also written three volumes of non-fiction writing: The Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, and Listening to Grasshoppers. She lives in New Delhi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great passion 1 July 2013
By B. Gill
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Roy is a brilliant writer and has so much passion which is evident in all of her writing. her political consciousness combined with her humanity sets her out to be one of the most formidable writers of our time. I can't read enough of Roy's books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful. Emotional. The other side of the story, not usually covered by mainstream Indian TV. 8 Nov 2011
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Arundhati Roy has done one thing many haven't- she lives with the Adivasis and gets a perspective on the Naxalite wars from their side. All we see typically on TV are people opposed to Naxalism sitting in air-conditioned studios in Delhi without understanding the deeper problems these poor people face. This is an emotional piece of writing- so there's bound to be extreme stances taken. Whether one agrees with Arundhati or not, the people she's talking about deserve appreciation and attention in this day of rampaging western capitalism. The conclusion I've drawn after reading this book is there being a need for sustainable capitalism; a society where ALL people (not just urban and/or non-poor) have a voice to say yes or no.

I will say there's more reading and different points of view required to gain deeper understanding of this contemporary issue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read. 26 Dec 2012
By Naattik - Published on
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Roy’s analysis is astounding as usual. Her reportage is precise and she divulged the facts that we never ever get to learn from the main stream media. Her views may be leftist but it depends on how you take it. This book is list of facts that happened in the past and everyday struggle of the adivasis, than a guide to solutions for all the problems and nothing else. The language she used is very simple and easy for everyone to read and understand. If you get this book, you don’t have to buy the other book ‘Walking with the comrades’, it’s just an expanded version of a chapter in the this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars ok 8 April 2014
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I love this writer I really enjoy the material. That is all for now. Than You again. Grrrr grrrrr. Grrrr
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