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Arundhati Roy interview

Arundhati Roy interview

In this Man Booker Prize 2017 longlisted author interview Arundhati Roy tells us she’s more than delighted that The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been longlisted and that she’s currently reading the second volume of Nadezhda Mandelstam’s memoirs - Hope Abandoned

What has it been like to be longlisted?

I am more than delighted that The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It is an honour in itself. I’m proud to have won the Man Booker Prize in the past.

What are you working on next?

I’m working hard (and somewhat unsuccessfully) at working on absolutely nothing at the moment—an activity I know to be a luxury —but it’s a survival tactic for a mind such as mine.

What are you reading at the moment?

The second volume of Nadezhda Mandelstam’s memoirs - Hope Abandoned. It’s about devotion to poetry in the cruellest of times. Parts of it feel like a coded guide book. And that fills me with foreboding.  

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

I have more than one favourite.

Does the public's fixation with your activism and the 20 year-gap between novels irk you?

And no, the often-asked question about the twenty year gap between my two novels doesn’t really irk me. I understand that it is unusual in our times.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness