The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

作者 : Arundhati Roy

作者 : 阿蘭達蒂.洛伊

出版社 : Hamish Hamilton


定價 : NT 499

售價 : NT499




Anjum是雙性人,被視為男孩撫養長大。她為了擁抱女性的身份,離開童年的家,遷入印度稱之為「海吉拉」(hijra)的跨性別人士或變性者聚居的地方。然而,她不久後便離開該處,轉而住進埋葬著她家人遺骨的公墓。她以墓地為家,攤開破舊的波斯地毯,就是她的棲身之處。這新的落腳地成了矛盾的生死之地──它代表死亡,卻也成了庇護受過傷害、怪異以及社會邊緣人的正向之地。另一方面,名為Tilo的女子有三名愛慕者,但她愛的只有一位:神秘的喀什米爾異議分子Musa Yeswi,她因此被捲入獨立運動。當一名被遺棄的女嬰出現,Anjum和Tilo都想將她占為己有,所有人的人生產生交集……



A richly moving new novel-the first since the author's Booker-Prize winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety- in search of meaning, and of love.

In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the peoplewho came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met.

A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation-a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in-and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.

How to tell a shattered story?
By slowly becoming everybody.
By slowly becoming everything.

Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.
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