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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Hardcover)

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Simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking, Arundhati Roy’s stunning new novel paints the lives of her unforgettable characters over decades and across the Indian sub-continent to create a deeply moving tale of love, war, identity, place, and truth. This sweeping novel captures the joy and pain of lives lived, lives lost, lives rescued, and lives recaptured framed in the upturned world of a country at war with itself. From Anjum (formerly Aftab) to Miss Jebeen the Second (found abandoned in the night), Roy’s characters and their interactions weave together a breathtaking tale that draws you into the most intimate places of human experience while forcing you to question what it means to be human. — Della, Atlanta

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New York Times Best Seller
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson Group

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent--from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love--and by hope.

The tale begins with Anjum--who used to be Aftab--unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her--including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo's landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs' Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

About the Author


ARUNDHATI ROY is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her nonfiction 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, coauthored with John Cusack.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524733155
ISBN-10: 1524733156
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English