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Sebald Lecture 2018

The Sebald Lecture 2018

Arundhati Roy - In What Language Does Rain Fall Over Tormented Cities? The Weather Underground in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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The 2018 W.G. Sebald Lecture on literary translation was given by novelist and activist Arundhati Roy on Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the British Library Conference Centre, London. 

Novelist and activist Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 with The God of Small Things, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Since then Roy has published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2017 and described by the judges as “a rich and vital book” that has “remarkable scale” and “extraordinary style and intelligence”.

Photo credit: Mayank Austen Soofi


This event was supported by The British Library, Arts Council England and Writers' Centre Norwich.