BritLit: Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017)

Nov 22
22. November 2017 20:15 - 23:00
Murphy’s Pub (Lorlebergplatz)

Lust, auch mal freiwillig britische Gegenwartsliteratur zu lesen und darüber zu diskutieren?
Jaroslaw Jasenowski und Julian Rößler laden ein zu

Brit Lit!

Brit Lit trifft sich im WiSe 2017/18 zwei Mal: am 22.11.17 und am 17.01.18, jeweils um 20:15 im Murphy’s Pub (Lorlebergplatz). Mitmachen kann, wer Spaß am Lesen hat, Regeln gibt es nur zwei: gelesen werden britische Romane ab ca. 2000, wer kommt hat den Roman gelesen.

Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017), (22.11.17, 20:15)
“It has become something of a cliche to talk about contemporary Indian novels written in English as refracting the Victorian panorama of Dickens, or of co-opting the tropes of magical realism to invoke the continuing pull of traditional beliefs in a country that defined itself on the basis of its secularism. But in truth, these literary influences are more subverted than they are copied; claimed, in the service of encompassing a society too vast and diverse ever to be viewed through a single lens. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a novel of maddeningly frayed edges, wonky pacing and occasional longueurs. But its patchwork of narratives, painful, funny, sexy, violent, earthy, otherworldly, its recurring images of lost and recovered children, individual sacrifice and self-denial, and its depiction of the constant battle toward self-assertion in a society still held in thrall to the taxonomy of caste and class, make for a disturbing and memorable return to the land of make-believe.”
Alex Clark, The Guardian