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The Shape of the Beast

Arundhati Roy

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Completed on 23 May 2022
ISBN : 9780143419303

The Shape of the Beast is our world laid bare by a mind that has consistently and unhesitatingly engaged with its changing realities and often anticipated the way things have moved in the last decade.In the fourteen interviews collected here, 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 that resistance movements are taking. As she speaks 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 non-violent protest.Unabashedly political, this is also a deeply personal collection that talks about the necessity of taking a stand and about the dilemma of guarding the private space necessary for writing in a world that demands urgent, unequivocal intervention. 


A great book and highly recommended. The Shape of the Beast is a mind's exploration of our world, one that has persistently and unwaveringly interacted with its shifting realities and frequently predicted how things have developed over the past 10 years. Arundhati Roy investigates the nature of state and corporate power as it has arisen during this time in the fourteen interviews compiled here, recorded between January 2001 and March 2008. She also looks at the form opposition movements are taking. She emphasises fundamental concerns about democracy, justice, and nonviolent dissent as she discusses people displaced by dams and industries, the Gujarat genocide, Maoist rebels, the conflict in Kashmir, and the worldwide War on Terror.This book, which is overtly political and often very personal, discusses the importance of standing out for what you believe in.

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