Listening to Grasshoppers

Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Politics
Paperback Published on: 04/02/2010
In stock
Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days
Make and edit your lists in your account
Check click & collect stock near you
Collect today: Pay in shop

Synopsis

'What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning?'Combining brilliant insight and razor-sharp prose, Listening to Grasshoppers is Arundhati Roy's essential exploration of the political picture in India today. In these essays she takes a hard look at the underbelly of the world's largest democracy and shows how the journey that Hindu nationalism and neo-liberal economic reforms began together in the early 1990s is unravelling in dangerous ways. Beginning with the state-backed killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, and ending with an analysis of the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, Listening to Grasshoppers tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India's precarious future and, along the way, asks fundamental questions about democracy itself - a political system that has, by virtue of being considered 'the best available option', been put beyond doubt and correction.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141044095
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

Customer Reviews