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Monday, August 23, 2004

  • Public Power in the Age of Empire: Arundhati Roy on War, Resistance and the Presidency

    Roypanel

    Today we spend the hour with famed Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy.

    Roy was born in Shillong, India in 1959. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives, and has worked as a film designer, actor, and screenplay writer in India. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the 1997 Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. It has sold six million copies and has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

    She is also the author of several non-fiction books: The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile, The Cost of Living, Power Politics and An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire.

    Last week, she addressed the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. She spoke to an overflow crowd about war, resistance and the Presidency. Her speech is entitled "Public Power in the Age of Empire." [Includes transcript]