Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Arundhati Roy wins the 2021 Ubu Loca Prize!

 "the place for literature is built by writers and readers. It’s a fragile place in some ways, but an indestructible one. When its broken, we rebuild it. Because we need shelter. I very much like the idea of literature that is needed. Literature that provides shelter. Shelter of all kinds."
— Arundhati Roy, architect-turned-critic, and novelist), from her
PEN America Freedom to Write lecture. 13 May, 2019

video of the lecture https://youtu.be/DvQZkMs-pa0

partial transcript https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/13/arundhati-roy-literature-shelter-pen-america

   

Her entire lecture is powerful, but don't miss her response to last question, which touches on the Architecture / Literature connection, being transcended by the fact and complex metaphor of a Novel as a City / World City that is the Portal to Utmost Happiness.