Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things

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The God of Small Things was written by Arundhati Roy, who was trained as an architect, is married and a mother of two children, writes film scripts and engages in social and environmental projects as a political activist. Her first and to date only novel, published in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of Indian independence, won the Booker Prize in the same year and has enjoyed an immense worldwide success, having been translated in about 40 languages. The multifaceted novel appeals to a wide audience because it is about hope and disillusionment in a family over three generations in “exotic” Southern India, and because it is mysterious, historical, poetic, postcolonial and postmodern all at the same time. …

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Meyer, Michael. "The God of Small Things". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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