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Azadi
Freedom. Fascism. Fiction

Arundhati Roy welcomes readers and writers alike to reflect on the meaning of freedom in her latest collection of essays. 

FROM THE AUTHOR OF MY SEDITIOUS HEART AND THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS, A NEW AND PRESSING DISPATCH FROM THE HEART OF THE CROWD AND THE SOLITUDE OF A WRITER’S DESK

The chant of Azadi! — Urdu for "Freedom!"—is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against what Kashmiris see as the Indian Occupation. Ironically it has also become the chant of millions on the streets of India against the project of Hindu Nationalism. What lies between these two calls for Freedom? A chasm or a bridge?

In this series of penetrating essays on politics and literature, Arundhati Roy examines this question and challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism.

Roy writes of the existential threat posed to Indian democracy by an emboldened Hindu nationalism, of the internet shutdown and information siege in Kashmir—the most densely militarized zone in the world—and India’s new citizenship laws that discriminate against Muslims and marginalized communities and could create a crisis of statelessness on a scale previously unknown.
The essays include mediations on language, public as well as private, and the role of fiction and alternative imaginations in these disturbing times.

Azadi, she warns, hangs in the balance for us all.

Reviews
  • "A kind of self-assigning war correspondent seeking out the places of maximum pain, maximum injustice, maximum state violence, Arundhati Roy is one of the greatest writers of our time." —Naomi Klein

Other books by Arundhati Roy

  • The End of Imagination

    Brings together five of Arundhati Roy's acclaimed books of essays into one comprehensive volume for the first time.
  • My Seditious Heart

    In constant conversation with the themes and settings of her novels, the essays form a near-unbroken memoir of Arundhati Roy’s journey as both a writer and a citizen, of both India and the world, from "The End of Imagination", which begins this book, to 'Azadi', with which it ends.

  • The Doctor and the Saint

    Arundhati Roy examines the persistent inequality in India through an extensive critique of Gandhi's views on race, caste and imperialism.
  • Things that Can and Cannot Be Said

    In this rich dialogue on surveillance, empire, and power, Roy and Cusack describe meeting NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden in Moscow.
  • 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.