The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile
David Barsamian interviews Arundhati Roy.
South End Press, 2004; 180 pages.
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A skillful interviewer can reveal aspects of a writer's voice in simple yet telling ways. As a novelist, Arundhati Roy is known for her lush language and intricate structure. As a political essayist, her prose is searching and fierce. All of these qualities shine through in the interviews collected by David Barsamian for The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy. New and devoted readers will find that these exchanges, recorded from February 2001 to May 2003, add to their appreciation of Roy's previous work.
Roy has been acclaimed for her courage (Salman Rushdie) and her eloquence (Kirkus Reviews), and her writing has been described as "a banquet for the senses" (Newsweek). She has found a readership among fiction enthusiasts and political activists. The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile captures Roy speaking one-on-one to her audience, revealing her intense and wide-ranging intellect, her very personal voice, and her opinion on momentous political events.
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