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Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy

ISBN 
9780141044095
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R215.00
Published 
March 2010
About the book: 
'What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning?' Combining brilliant insight and razor-sharp prose, "Listening to Grasshoppers" is Arundhati Roy's essential exploration of the political picture in India today. In these essays, she takes a hard look at the underbelly of the world's largest democracy and shows how the journey that Hindu nationalism and neo-liberal economic reforms began together in the early 1990s is unravelling in dangerous ways. Beginning with the state-backed killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, and ending with an analysis of the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, "Listening to Grasshoppers" tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India's precarious future and, along the way, asks fundamental questions about democracy itself - a political system that has, by virtue of being considered 'the best available option', been put beyond doubt and correction.
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About the Author

Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things . Her non-fiction writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic , and Capitalism: A Ghost Story , and most recently, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said , co-authored with John Cusack. Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.

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