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BOOKSHELF: The Algebra of Infinite Justice

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 14:34 IST

The Algebra of Infinite Justice
Arundhati Roy
Price — Rs 295
Publication — Penguin

Today in this world there are very few people who have the power and skill to change the way you look towards life through their writings. Arundhati Roy is one of them. The Algebra of Infinite Justice is a fitting example. It contains the best of Arundhati Roy’s political writings.

The essays written are brilliant and makes one stop for a while and think. Each one is a highly argued hypothesis, thoughtful and poetic at the same time. They sparkle with sentences that remain engraved forever in the mind.

Roy’s opinion on politics remains clear-voiced and daring, large in capacity, consistent in its concern for the oppressed and contemptuous in its criticism of the state.

Arundhati Roy has written political essays on a varied range of crucial subjects — from the deceptive benefits of big dams, to the disadvantages of corporate globalisation and the US government’s war against terror.

A few weeks after the detonation of the thermonuclear device by India in 1998, Arundhati Roy wrote the world acclaimed essay The end of imagination in which she said “My world has died. And I write to mourn its passing”.

This is the first essay of the book and changes your view towards life. She has put together the consequences of a nuclear war very well. The terrible aftermath and the killings and destruction are all described vividly.

Two more great essays from the book are The Algebra of Infinite Justice and War and Peace. Both are written on the oppressive policies of the American government towards Afghanistan.

Roy in her essay describes the fake claims and vows of the US president George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. This book is a ‘must read’ which you just cannot afford to miss.

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