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Things that Can and Cannot Be Said
Essays and Conversations
In this rich dialogue on surveillance, empire, and power, Roy and Cusack describe meeting NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden in Moscow.
In late 2014, Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, and Daniel Ellsberg travelled to Moscow to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The result was a series of essays and dialogues in which Roy and Cusack reflect on their conversations with Snowden.

In these provocative and penetrating discussions, Roy and Cusack discuss the nature of the state, empire, and surveillance in an era of perpetual war, the meaning of flags and patriotism, the role of foundations and NGOs in limiting dissent, and the ways in which capital but not people can freely cross borders.

Arundhati Roy is a writer and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker Prize–winning novel The God of Small Things, to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market "development" in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy's voice has become indispensable to millions seeking a better word.

John Cusack is a writer, filmmaker, and a board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He has written the screenplays for the movies Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, and War, Inc., with Mark Leyner and Jeremy Pikser, among many others. His writing has appeared widely, including the Guardian, Truthout, and Outlook India


Reviews

  • "Arundhati Roy is one of the most confident and original thinkers of our time."—Naomi Klein

    "The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart."—Alice Walker

    "[Roy is] an electrifying political essayist. . . . So fluent is her prose, so keen her understanding of global politics, and so resonant her objections to nuclear weapons, assaults against the environment, and the endless suffering of the poor that her essays are as uplifting as they are galvanizing."—Booklist

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  • The End of Imagination

    Brings together five of Arundhati Roy's acclaimed books of essays into one comprehensive volume for the first time.
  • Field Notes on Democracy

    This paperback edition features a new introduction discussing the election of India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi.
  • Capitalism

    With anger and compassion, Roy exposes the sordid underbelly and dark inhumanity of capitalism in India and around the globe.