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"I Had Two Options—Writing Or Madness"

In her most exhaustive interview to date, Arundhati Roy goes to the heart of her novel

"I Had Two Options—Writing Or Madness"
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Arundhati Roy's novel, The God of Small Things, which is being launched this week, looks set to be one of the most important works of fiction in English to come out from India in a long time. Yet, the hype the novel has received turns attention away from the many serious issues it addresses. Here, putting aside all talk of publicity, the writer talks to Urvashi Butalia about the issues close to her: how and why she wrote the book, the role of auto -biography in fiction, what it means to be at the receiving end of public attention... and many others.

Let me start with two questions: One, how long did it take you to write this book—has it lived with you for a long time? And two, when you read this book, you see how close the author is to it. How deep your involvement is. Every word and feeling seems to have been wrenched out of you. This leads to the obvious question—where does it come from? How much of it is autobiographical?

I'll answer the second question first. I've just come back from Kerala, where my brother and my mother read the book for the first time. My...

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