Copies of Indian writer Arundhati Roy's novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" are stacked at a New Delhi book shop, June 6, 2017.
AFP / MONEY SHARMA
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Arundhati Roy's eagerly awaited second novel went on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut "The God of Small Things" propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.In the years that followed, she turned to nonfiction writing, taking on issues ranging from poverty and globalization to the conflict in Kashmir in essays that were often highly critical of India's ruling class.Her campaigning earned her the wrath of many in the Indian establishment and has clearly influenced her latest novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which she's said took 10 years to produce.Roy recalled in a recent BBC interview how she was suddenly on the cover of every magazine – until she spoke out against India's nuclear tests a year later.Roy, now 55, went on to become one of India's most famous and polarizing authors.
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