Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Arundhati Roy to be Awarded the Sydney Peace Prize

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Booker Prize winning Author Arundhati Roy will be awarded the Sydney Peace Prize on November 3. Roy will deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture on the same date, while also launching her newest book, "The Chequebook and the Cruise Missiles: Conversation with Arundhati Roy."

While many disagree with Roy's politics and her foray into journalistic activism, I have to admit her ability to move minds through her amazing prose is quite impressive.

As a result of her activism, she is now probably better known for her critiques of the coalition of the willing in Iraq, for criticising the giant US corporation Enron for exploiting and sacking Indian workers, and her critique of globalization, which she has called "a process of barbaric dispossession which has few parallels in history," than for her prize winning novel, "The God of Small Things."


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