In questa nuova raccolta di saggi Arundhati Roy ci aggiorna con acume e coraggio sull'evolversi di alcune vicende indiane, e non solo, già affrontate in Guida all'impero per gente comune e in La strana storia del parlamento indiano, ma prende anche in esame avvenimenti di strettissima attualità, come gli attentati a Mumbai del novembre 2008. Con il consueto stile preciso, documentato, impeccabilmente logico e venato di un humour preciso ed equilibrato, Arundhati Roy ancora una volta cerca di aiutarci a districarci nel complesso intreccio di politica, religione, economia e comunicazione di massa della "più grande democrazia del mondo".
- ISBN: 8860883504
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 179
- Data di uscita: 11-06-2009
Earlier this year, I interviewed a senior economic adviser to the Indian government. When I challenged his view that India would soon be a “superpower” and referred to the country’s 600m poor, he shot me a venomous look: “You’ve been listening to Arundhati Roy!” That Roy should be perceived as having Leggi tutto
Had I had read this book a few years before, I would have denied and thrashed Ms.Roy as just another an intellectual who enjoys the fruits of Capitalism and democracy yet pricking at its root constantly, for in my youthful fancy I never questioned my belief in free market and the superiority of my o Leggi tutto
Labelling Arundhati leftist,anti-national,anti-american,anti-hindu,anti-progess is obviously reducing her.Truth knows no boundaries. Her uncompromising stand & her defence of the underprivileged,the downtrodden,the minorities,the poor may not be palatable for many, but truth is seldom sweet. Her com Leggi tutto
Roy is an engaged intellectual, a rare breed these days--an Indian Noam Chomsky, one might say. And her anti-globalization, basically left-wing take on politics aligns her very much with Chomsky. There is however a fundamental difference: Roy is a great writer and a truly formidable polemicist. One
Next up in my journey through Roy’s nonfiction… this volume picks some essays between 2002-2009 (i.e. War on Terror)… Highlights : --“ Listening to Grasshoppers: Genocide, Denial, and Celebration ”: the centerpiece essay indeed stood out; “grasshoppers” represents the “locusts” frequently used in xenoph Leggi tutto
First Roy I read, and I'm sure I'll be returning to her pen in the future. An incisive journalist and intense observer of social oppression, in Field Notes on Democracy (a series of essays, speeches and reports) she details the human cost of India's gridlocked democracy around the turn of the millen Leggi tutto
Certainly, Arundhati Roy is one of the genuine champions of human rights, Justice and truth. Listening to Grasshoppers restores my faith in the courageously- spirited voice of a writer whose sole purpose and mission is to be the voice of the voiceless. This book is strongly recommended for those rea Leggi tutto
This is a collection of essays, articles and lectures by the authors written over a period of time and after certain events in recent history. All of them are connected via a common underlying theme which Roy brings out in her usual brilliant writings. The main takeaway from this book is that her's i Leggi tutto
4.5/5 None of what was being said was new, it's just that what was once considered unacceptable was suddenly being celebrated.Each time you defend the right of an institution, any institution (including the Supreme Court), to exercise unfettered, unaccountable powers that must never be challenged,
Throughout the book, she jumps seamlessly from being a fantastic analytical thinker to a utter nonsensical ideologue and back. She does raise some valid issues but most critique is rhetorical.
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