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The Shape of the Beast is our world laid bare, with great courage, passion and eloquence, by a mind that has engaged unhesitatingly with its changing realities, often anticipating the way things have moved in the last decade. In the 14 interviews collected here (translated into Urdu), conducted between January 2001 and March 2008, Arundhati Roy examines the nature of state and corporate power as it has emerged during this period and the shape taken by resistance movements. As she speaks, among other things, about people displaced by dams and industry, the genocide in Gujarat, Maoist rebels, the war in Kashmir, and the global war on terror, she raises fundamental questions about democracy, justice, and nonviolent protest. Unabashedly political, this is also a deeply personal collection. Throughout the conversations, Roy talks about the necessity of taking a stand and also the dilemma of guarding the private space necessary to write in a world that demands urgent, unequivocal intervention.
Arundhati Roy, transl. Shafqat Tanveer Mirza
Vanguard [hardback], 2010
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