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Ian Buruma, Christopher De Bellaigue, Amartya Sen, Anita Desai, Roderick MacFarquhar, Hilary Mantel, And Pankaj Mishra; Preface By N.Ram; Introduction By Arundhati Roy; Edited By Robert B. Silvers And Barbara Epstein (eds) Listings

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1 Ian Buruma, Christopher De Bellaigue, Amartya Sen, Anita Desai, Roderick MacFarquhar, Hilary Mantel, and Pankaj Mishra; Preface By N.Ram; Introduction By Arundhati Roy; Edited By Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein (eds)
India: A Mosaic
New York Review Books; New York ,USA; 2000; 0940322080 / 9780940322080; First Edition; Hardcover; New; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 319. Slightly rubbed dust jacket. 019953

Price: 24.95 USD
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2 Felix Padel and Samarendra Rao; Foreword By Arundhati Roy
Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8125038671 / 9788125038672; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Capping the biggest mountains in south Odisha are some of the world’s best deposits of Bauxite, the ore for aluminium—mineral wealth to bring prosperity to one of India’s poorest states. But for tribal people who have lived around them since history began, these mountains are sacred—not a resource to be exploited, but a source of life itself, through the water they store, and release in perennial streams. So metal factories, built in tribal areas with a view to mining the mountain summits, are seen as a new colonial invasion, to be resisted. Thousands of Adivasis have already been displaced, in a process of cultural genocide, that involves notorious scams, and corrupts the values of civil society at the same time as wasting irreplaceable resources. Aluminium is a metal we take for granted in hundreds of artefacts. But what do we understand about its real costs? This book traces a hidden history, coming alive through hundreds of voices and stories, of how one country after another swallowed promises of prosperity, and plunged into a cycle of exploitation and unrepayable debt. What is the link between the massive meltdown of Iceland’s banks, and the promotion of dams and smelters? Between the mafia-style looting of Russia’s assets and the rise to power of a succession of aluminium barons? Why did the US set a limit during the 1950s-60s and start to outsource aluminium factories to other, poorer countries, such as Ghana, Guinea, Jamaica, India? The answer lies in hidden subsidies and prohibitive ‘externality costs’. Making aluminium consumes vast quantities of water and electricity. The industry is driven by a cartel that fuses mining companies, investment bankers, government deals, metals traders and arms manufacturers. Secret deals motivate the projects. Behind these stand metals traders in derivatives, in London and other capitals, whose deals drive the industry through futures contracts. Adivasis who oppose this invasion of their landscape by aluminium projects in East India face an enemy as remorseless and difficult to fathom as the colonial East India Company. Mining projects are fuelled by an entrenched notion of development so powerful, that democracy and human rights often seem to wither in the face of it. This penetrating anthropological study uncovers an epic clash of ideologies that pits metals traders against Indian citizens whose lifestyle is a model of long-term sustainability. (400) The cover is a still from the documentary film by Amarendra & Samarendra Das: Wira Pdika: Matiro Poko, Company Loko (Earth Worm, Company Man, 2005). Printed Pages: 752. 033220

Price: 21.25 USD
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3 Arundhati Roy
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2002; 014302907X / 9780143029076; Revised Edition; Paperback; New; 
few weeks after India detonated a thermonuclear device in 1998, Arundhati Roy wrote ‘The End of Imagination’. The essay attracted worldwide attention as the voice of a brilliant Indian writer speaking out with clarity and conscience against nuclear weapons. Over the next three and a half years, she wrote a series of political essays on a diverse range of momentous subjects: from the illusory benefits of big dams, to the downside of corporate globalization and the US Government’s war against terror. First published in 2001, The Algebra of Infinite Justice brings together all of Arundhati Roy’s political writings so far. This revised paperback edition includes two new essays, written in early 2002: ‘Democracy: Who’s She When She’s at Home’, that examines the horrific communal violence in Gujarat, and ‘War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs’, about the threat of nuclear war in the Subcontinent. ‘Each essay is an elaborately argued thesis..simultaneously both profound and poetic.’ Newstime ‘(Arundhati Roy’s) essays glitter with sentences that remain etched in the mind-Roy's politics remains clear-voiced and fearless, large in scope, consistent in its concern for the exploited, scathing in its criticism of the state and its institutions’ he Telegraph Printed Pages: 384. 023057

Price: 5.22 USD
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4 Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2002; 014302857X / 9780143028574; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
‘The book keeps all the promises that it makes.’ The Booker Prize Citation, 14 October 1997 ‘A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does…’ John Updike, The New Yorker ‘A masterpiece, utterly exceptional in every way.’ Harpers and Queen ‘A banquet for all the senses we bring to reading.’ Newsweek ‘A sad story, told very hilariously, very tenderly and very craftily.’ The Pioneer ‘It is rare to find a book that so effectively cuts through the clothes of nationality, caste and religion to reveal the bare bones of humanity.’ Daily Telegraph International No 1 bestseller Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize Printed Pages: 356. 001291

Price: 6.50 USD
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5 Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.; Delhi, India; 067008963X / 9780670089635; Hardcover; New; New; 
"How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.' 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." Printed Pages: 456. 114560

Price: 10.40 USD
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6 Arundhati Roy
The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy
Penguin/Viking; New Delhi, India; 2009; 0143066544 / 9780143066545; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 288 with 11 b/w photos. 037420

Price: 9.95 USD
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