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As the United States pushes for war on Iraq, Arundhati Roy, the internationally acclaimed author of The God of Small Things, addresses issues of democracy and dissent, racism and empire, and war and peace in this collection of new essays.

The eloquence, passion, and political insight of Roy’s political essays have added legions of readers to those already familiar with her Booker Prize-winning novel. -Invited to lecture as part of the prestigious Lannan -Foundation series on the...

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As the United States pushes for war on Iraq, Arundhati Roy, the internationally acclaimed author of The God of Small Things, addresses issues of democracy and dissent, racism and empire, and war and peace in this collection of new essays.

The eloquence, passion, and political insight of Roy’s political essays have added legions of readers to those already familiar with her Booker Prize-winning novel. -Invited to lecture as part of the prestigious Lannan -Foundation series on the first anniversary of the unconscionable attacks of September 11, 2001, Roy challenged those who equate dissent with being "anti-American." Her previous essays on globalization and dissent have led many to see Roy as "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence" (New York Times).

War Talk collects new essays by this prolific writer. Her work highlights the global rise of religious and racial violence. From the horrific pogroms against Muslims in Gujarat, India, to U.S. demands for a war on Iraq, Roy confronts the call to militarism. Desperately working against the backdrop of the nuclear recklessness between her homeland and Pakistan, she calls into question the equation of nation and ethnicity. And throughout her essays, Roy interrogates her own roles as "writer" and "activist."

"If [Roy] continues to upset the globalization applecart like a Tom Paine pamphleteer, she will either be greatly honored or thrown in jail," wrote Pawl Hawken in Wired Magazine. In fact she was jailed in March 2002, when -India's Supreme Court found Roy in contempt of the court after months of attempting to silence her criticism of the government.

Fully annotated versions of all Roy's most recent -essays, including her acclaimed Lannan Foundation -lecture from September 2002, are included in War Talk. Arundhati Roy is the winner of the Lannan Foundation’s Prize for Cultural Freedom, 2002, and will be returning to the U.S. in association with the Lannan Foundation in 2003. Roy’s most recent collection of essays, Power Politics, now in its second edition, sold over 25,000 copies in its first 12 months.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780896087248
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Arundhati Roy wowed critics with her writing debut, The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1998. She has also published several collections of essays The Cost of Living, Power Politics and most recently War Talk. Ms. Roy is an outspoken critic of India's nuclear weapons testing, controversial environmental issues and the US "war on terrorism".
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Table of Contents

War Talk 1
Ahimsa 9
Democracy 17
Come September 45
The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky 77
Confronting Empire 103
Glossary 113
Notes 115
Index 135
About the Author 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Very truthful

    This is a great book for anyone and eveyone it is disturbing at time because of all the events mentioned that are still occuring in the 21st century. GREAT BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Disturbingly Honest

    The author has some great insight on the implications of globilization (America's imperialization), the war on terror, and other fascist political issues that face our world today. A must read, but is not for those who refuse to see the otherside of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    kepping it real

    this is a writer with heart,in time when people don't want to hear the real deal on why this war on terrorism is a front for another agenda.....

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