Indian author Arundhati Roy announces second novel after 19-year gap
?I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers,? Arundhati Roy said. Photograph: (Getty)
After a gap of 19 years, Indian writer Arundhati Roy announced yesterday that her second novel will be published next year, sending millions of Roy's fans into literary heaven.
Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India announced they will publish the novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness in June 2017.
The book's publishers said it was "both a pleasure and an honour" to publish the novel. They called it "one of the finest we have read in recent times".
"The writing is extraordinary, and so too are the characters – brought to life with such generosity and empathy, in language of the utmost freshness, joyfully reminding us that words are alive too, that they can wake us up and lend us new ways of seeing, feeling, hearing, engaging. It makes the novel new – in the original meaning of novel," said Simon Prosser, of Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton in the UK, and Meru Gokhale, of Penguin Random House India in the statement.
"I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers," Arundhati Roy said.
"Only Arundhati could have written this novel. Utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait," David Godwin, Roy's literary agent said.
Roy's first novel The God of Small Things was published in 1997. Set in a district in India's Kerala, it traced the childhood experiences of fraternal twins, Estha and Rahel. The novel won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997.
She has since published works of non-fiction, including War Talk and The Algebra Of Infinite Justice.