Authors Arundhati Roy

Show_fe523f616c9da574970a6e94a851e5c9 Jean-Baptiste Labrune
  • My first piece of writing was when I was five…I still have those notebooks. Miss Mitten, a terrifying Australian missionary, was my teacher. She would tell me on a daily basis that she could see Satan in my eyes. In my two-sentence essay (which made it into The God of Small Things) I said, “I hate Miss Mitten, whenever I see her I see rags. I think her knickers are torn.” She’s dead now, God rest her soul.

  • Writers imagine that they cull stories from the world. I’m beginning to believe that vanity makes them think so. That it’s actually the other way around. Stories cull writers from the world. Stories reveal themselves to us. The public narrative, the private narrative, —they colonize us. They commission us. They insist on being told.

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