Quando arrivano le cavallette

Quando arrivano le cavallette L India di Arundhati Roy scrittrice coraggiosa e reporter implacabile molto diversa dall immagine luccicante offerta dalle fonti ufficiali In questa nuova raccolta di saggi ci si trova di fronte ad

  • Title: Quando arrivano le cavallette
  • Author: Arundhati Roy Giovanni Garbellini
  • ISBN: 9788860883506
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • L India di Arundhati Roy, scrittrice coraggiosa e reporter implacabile, molto diversa dall immagine luccicante offerta dalle fonti ufficiali In questa nuova raccolta di saggi ci si trova di fronte ad avvenimenti e situazioni scottanti apparati dello Stato deviati che inscenano falsi attentati e un 11 settembre asiatico , magistrati corrotti e pi attenti al bene delleL India di Arundhati Roy, scrittrice coraggiosa e reporter implacabile, molto diversa dall immagine luccicante offerta dalle fonti ufficiali In questa nuova raccolta di saggi ci si trova di fronte ad avvenimenti e situazioni scottanti apparati dello Stato deviati che inscenano falsi attentati e un 11 settembre asiatico , magistrati corrotti e pi attenti al bene delle multinazionali che a quello della giustizia, giornalisti asserviti ai poteri forti, poliziotti che non esitano a scatenare pogrom contro le minoranze etniche e religiose, un intera area il Kashmir dove i diritti civili sono sospesi e la guerra contro il Pakistan una minaccia perenne, con ricorrenti scoppi di violenze.Un quadro cupo e inquietante ma non privo di speranze, perch tanti, come la Roy, lottano in nome della libert , della verit , della pace Con il suo consueto stile acuto e, allo stesso tempo, venato di una sottile ironia, Arundhati Roy cerca di guidare il lettore occidentale nel complesso intrico di politica, religione, societ ed economia della pi grande democrazia del mondo.

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    1. Earlier this year, I interviewed a senior economic adviser to the Indian government. When I challenged his view that India would soon be a “superpower” and referred to the country’s 600m poor, he shot me a venomous look: “You’ve been listening to Arundhati Roy!”That Roy should be perceived as having singlehandedly coloured a foreign journalist’s perception of India is laughable. Away from the gated communities of the middle classes, the country’s problems are palpable. But no oth [...]

    2. Had I had read this book a few years before, I would have denied and thrashed Ms.Roy as just another an intellectual who enjoys the fruits of Capitalism and democracy yet pricking at its root constantly, for in my youthful fancy I never questioned my belief in free market and the superiority of my own nation. But only with age comes wisdom.In this wonderfully written essays, Roy fiercely and courageously speaks the truth and voices for the oppressed, be it the adivasis, kashmiris or the citizens [...]

    3. Roy is an engaged intellectual, a rare breed these days--an Indian Noam Chomsky, one might say. And her anti-globalization, basically left-wing take on politics aligns her very much with Chomsky. There is however a fundamental difference: Roy is a great writer and a truly formidable polemicist. One can disagree with her positions, and on occasions I do, but no one can question her intelligence, passion, and capacity for mixing detailed data and first-rate prose. This book is largely, but by no m [...]

    4. Labelling Arundhati leftist,anti-national,anti-american,anti-hindu,anti-progess is obviously reducing her.Truth knows no boundaries. Her uncompromising stand & her defence of the underprivileged,the downtrodden,the minorities,the poor may not be palatable for many, but truth is seldom sweet. Her compassionate writing is like the voice of conscience.

    5. This is a collection of essays, articles and lectures by the authors written over a period of time and after certain events in recent history. All of them are connected via a common underlying theme which Roy brings out in her usual brilliant writings.The main takeaway from this book is that her's is a voice that needs to be heard when we talk about modern Indian history and where it is leading us. One might not agree with her views, even might be opposing to all that she says and what she stand [...]

    6. It rarely happens that you agree with most of the things written in a non-fiction book. This has been one such book for me. All these pieces were written between 2001 and 2008. However, the issues, majority communalism, unaccountable institutions, Kashmir, which come under incisive analysis of Roy, remain as relevant as then, if not more. Roy may seem to some as overly pessimistic and highlighting only that is wrong with India. But, it is expected of an activist who has seen ground realities. Re [...]

    7. Firstly, we should appreciate people like Arundathi Roy for bringing out the voice of unheard. In this book Roy talks about the controversies surrounding the various attacks/genocides happened in India. We may never know who are the real culprits of these massacres. But one thing is sure; discrimination (racial/ethnic/religious/national) is the mother of all problems. As Rabindranath Tagore said, world peace which we dream of can be achieved only if people think they are part of a single family( [...]

    8. "I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, wal [...]

    9. I had been so excited about this new title from Roy, author of the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, but disappointment will be my lasting response. Listening to Grasshoppers is not intended to add anything new - it's a compilation of essays she's written for India's leftist outlets like Frontline and Outlook and reprints from submissions to The Nation, etc. This would be great, spanning 7+ years of post 9/11 writings and running commentaries on India's War on Terror, but when placed [...]

    10. Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy is the 12th non-fiction book by Booker Prize winning author, Arundhati Roy. In this collection of eleven related essays, the author of The God Of Small Things turns her prodigious talent for striking imagery and eloquent prose to the exploration of the political situation in India. Roy states that the essays were written in anger, in reaction to certain events (massacres, pogroms, genocide, assassinations, death sentences) and have been reprint [...]

    11. Powerful writing. As much as I prefer that Arundhati write fiction, her current job as a "literary crusader" if she can be called that is also leading to interesting results. I am aware of the criticisms of her grandiloquent essays ("Gandhians with guns" and erroneous assumptions amongst other things) but without a doubt they are the most compelling pieces of writing you will ever read. Arundhati has found that rare space where few tread (Maybe Sainath; but he is more journalist than writer); th [...]

    12. I read this book in 2006 as a star-struck teenager who, until then, had never come across loaded words like genocide or ethnic cleansing. I loved the sophisticated language in her essays. I was moved by her passion and eloquence for subjects like justice and democracy. Yesterday, I tried in vain to convince my eighteen year old cousin to let me buy him a copy of her latest book of essays, Broken Republic. Evidently, he wasn't as moved by my arguments, as I was, when I bought this under the heady [...]

    13. Though this is a small collection of about 12 essays and a fictional account I have spent almost a month with the book. This is because every essay needs to be read and reflected upon. This is no light-reading. Every essay in the collection has troubled me as any other in it.Roy is one author who does not deal in escapist stuff about everything being hunky-dory with the world. She says it as it is; a revelation for most of us who are very fortunate to have the lives we lead.

    14. Her writing is hard hitting, we all know that! With this book she brings forward all the ironies of our "Indianised" democracy and the fallacies of the system we are living with. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who wishes to critically see the way our country functions. Arundhati Roy's voice is strong, her observation sharp and inferences heart breaking.

    15. It was interesting to read this book mostly about Indian political arena and finding it so familiar in so many ways Arundhati Roys passionate style of writing and candid delivery of her opinion makes her one of my favorite authors.

    16. Throughout the book, she jumps seamlessly from being a fantastic analytical thinker to a utter nonsensical ideologue and back. She does raise some valid issues but most critique is rhetorical.

    17. Field Notes on Democracy is a series of articles that Arundhati Roy wrote over several years, relating to political issues and movements in India. This is not a topic about which I know anything really, so while a lot of the details went over my head, it was fascinating to see how Roy's arguments about subjects like the violence in Kashmir changed over time. Roy seems to be in a unique position because of her international status as an author (if you have not read The God of Small Things I implo [...]

    18. This was an amazing read for me, I had trouble putting it down and it's been awhile since that's happened with non-fiction. I usually listen to her readings as well so reading her essays was another new experience, they do complement each other. Once you've listened to her a few times; her voice, the inflections, her sense of humour, her empathy, they really come off the page seamlessly. While India is the main lens through which the effects of neoliberalism and fascism in a democracy are explor [...]

    19. I read this book for a course I took on Asian Economies. My professor was Sri Lankan and has spent time in India, so it was really interesting to learn about economies from a non-Westerner's perspective. Roy's book was one of my favorites that we read for the course. In the United States, it is drilled into us from a young age that we are the greatest country in the world, we are honorable, to be admired, and have a great political system since we have a democracy. Roy challenges the greatness o [...]

    20. When reading a book it is always a good idea to check up on the author? Arundhati Roy is of a dying breed, activist writers. I have to say that she intrigued me and I will, when given the opportunity, try to read some of her fiction even if I had several reservations concerning this book.For starters, it does require a sturdy knowledge of Modern Indian history to fulle comprehend her point of view, one has to know about the rise of hindoe nationalism, the Kashmir situation, the naxalites, Gandhi [...]

    21. Roy brilliantly explores how the Indian Government - particularly the BJP - misuse their position of power through the displacement of citizens and destruction of the lands natural resources which have occurred as a result of the growing demands of globalisation. She criticises the ever-growing disparities of wealth between the rich and the poor as a result of capitalism and consumerism. The series of essays are widely controversial as they criticise the state of the government along with the wh [...]

    22. A stirring introduction to the politics and society of India. It's hard not to be moved by the two or three key issues Roy focuses on - the corruption and Hindu "Nationalism" especially. But, like many other narratives which preach to the converted, I feel it's probably far too strident in its tone to convince those who disagree to come around to her positions. Perhaps when read individually in their original context as essays and columns, they may have been more appreciated. But in the end, asi [...]

    23. Its a collection of essays on democracy, primarily in Indian context. Lots of content gets repeated many times. Very conveniently Roy decides to omit certain events which took place in this duration (2001-2009) to support the narrative. Nevertheless few essays are worth reading, the title essay is probably the best.

    24. Worth reading This is worth your time especially for those who has the courage to confront bitter truths. Arundhati Roy has very vividly explained the fault lines in our system.

    25. I admit up front that I didn't read the entire book, though I read several of the essays and skimmed the rest. Why? I don't trust what Roy writes.Below are a few quotes from this book regarding the United States. I use these examples not to defend the U.S. but because I am most familiar with them:The United States "continues to celebrate Columbus Daywhich marks the beginning of a holocaust that wiped out millions of Native Americans, about 90 percent of the original population." (Roy does not me [...]

    26. Yet another great book from Ms. Roy. I liked the focus on India solelyrced me to learn a great deal about this beast of a country. I can't wait for her second novel!--Favorite or Clarifying Passages:Page 3"As a writer, a fiction writer, I have often wondered whether the attempt to always be precise, to try and get it all factually right somehow reduces the epic scale of what is really going on. Does it eventually mask a larger truth? I worry that I am allowing myself to be railroaded into offeri [...]

    27. We know Arundhati Roy predominantly as a fiction author in this country, this book however is a collection of essays on the recent history of India. It focuses on Kashmir, terrorism and corruption which then feeds in to the wider debate about global power struggles and democracy. There is a vigorous passion to the writing as Roy espouses a politics that she wishes her country would practice; one of secular democratic egalitarianism. However, she sees a strong opposing shift in India at the momen [...]

    28. If I had read these articles at the time they were written, I'd have laughed and called her a lunatic. Sadly, most of the things she had predicted have come to be true. The path that she had warned, the country was taking, has long been headed down now. Her arguments about Nationalism, crony capitalism getting ready to pillage forests and render millions homeless are all coming true. Having said that, I do find her rhetoric on Kashmir too one-sided. There is too much of a black-and-whiting of a [...]

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