Synopses & Reviews
Cultural Commentary. In this CD, writer and political activist Arundhati Roy is recorded giving her acclaimed Lannan Foundation lecture in which she movingly speaks about the misuses of nationalism, and the U.S. governments "War on Terror." She draws connections between the U.S. invasion of Iraq with the U.S.'s previous interventions in Chile, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. Using poetic language, Roy calls upon her literary background to provide a moving discussion of contemporary issues, with a tone that both reveals injustices and possesses hope for the future. "Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead"---Arundhati Roy, from the CD. This lecture is preceded with a discussion between Roy and Howard Zinn. Roy is the author of four books, including The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize, Power Politics, and War Talk.
In this lyrical and impassioned talk, Arundhati Roy expounds on war, globalization, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor. Wielding poetic words, Roy delineates the startling effects of privatization and free trade, exposing corporate globalization as an unsustainable economic system beginning to crack at the seams.
In this acclaimed Lannan foundation lecture from September 2002, Roy speaks poetically to power on the US’ War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor. With lyricism and passion, Roy combines her literary talents and encyclopedic knowledge to expose injustice and provide hope for a future world.
"Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead."—From the CD
Arundhati Roy is an outspoken critic of globalization and American influence. She has authored four books, -including The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize. This summer, she will accept the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom.
Roy eloquently renders a world steeped in war and disparity.
About the Author
Arundhati Roy wowed critics with her writing debut, The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1998. She has also published several collections of essays The Cost of Living, Power Politics and most recently War Talk. Ms. Roy is an outspoken critic of India's nuclear weapons testing, controversial environmental issues and the US "war on terrorism". Howard Zinn is the author of the best-selling People's History Of The United States (over a million copies sold), and numerous other works of history, politics, and biography.