Arundhati Roy Facts

Arundhati Roy Facts
Arundhati Roy is an Indian author, political rights activist, and human rights activist, best known for her novel The God of Small Things, the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner. She was born Suzanna Arundhati Roy on November 24th, 1961 in Shillong, Assam, India, to Rajib Roy, a tea plantation manager, and Mary Roy, a women's rights activist. When she was five years old, a few years after her parents divorced, her mother started a school in Kerala. Arundhati attended school at Corpus Christi, Nigris, and then Delhi at the School of Planning and Architecture. She had a brief film career, and then in 1997 her book The God of Small Things was published, bringing her financial and professional success.
Interesting Arundhati Roy Facts:
In 1984 Arundhati met Pradip Krishen, a filmmaker whom she later married. He introduced her to the film world and cast her in his movie Massey Sahib. They later divorced.
Arundhati wrote the screenplay for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), and Electric Moon (1992). She won Best Screenplay in 1989, a National Film Award for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones.
In 1992 Arundhati began writing her future prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. She finished the manuscript in 1996, and it was published in 1997.
The God of Small Things became a bestseller, and Arundhati had received an advance of half a million pounds. By the end of 1997 Time called it was one of the year's bestsellers.
Arundhati contributed to the 2009 book We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples. The book explores different cultures and threats to their existence. Royalties of the book are donated to Survival International, an organization dedicated to indigenous rights.
In 2004 Arundhati Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace prize.
Since writing her first novel, Arundhati Roy has concentrated her writing on non-fiction. She wrote The End of Imagination (1998), The Cost of Living (1999), The Greater Common Good (1999), The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2002), Power Politics (2002), War Talk (2003), An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire (2004), Public Power in the Age of Empire (2004), The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile (2004), The Shape of the Beast (2006), Listening to Grasshoppers (2010), Broken Republic: Three Essays (2011), Walking with the Comrades (2011), The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament (2013), and Capitalism: A Ghost Story (2014).
Arundhati won the Lannan Foundation's 2002 Cultural Freedom Award, for her work in the ongoing struggle for freedom, justice, and diversity in culture.
In 2003 Arundhati Roy was celebrated at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards with 'special recognition', in San Francisco.
For her essay collection The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Arundhati was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006. She declined the award in protest of India's government policies.
In 2011 Arundhati received the Distinguished Writing, Norman Mailer Prize.
Arundhati was included in the 2014 Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.
Arundhati Roy lives in India. It is rumored that she is writing another fiction novel.

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