The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001) is a collection of essays written by Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy. The book discusses several perspectives of global and local concerns, among them one being the abuse of Nuclear Bomb showoffs.
Have you wanted to slap the traffic policeman who stops you, because you are simply riding a motorcycle? Have you been frustrated with the long queues that await you when you visit the licensing authorities and the ease with which pimps come up to you, offering you a shortcut? Have you ever been aghast at the levels our politicians stoop to fill their ever burgeoning pockets? Have you ever thought why innocent civilians are killed on the chessboard of international politics?
Have you ever felt disgusted by the abject corruption, moral depravity and complete lack of ethics we are surrounded with?
Well, if you have been, you will identify with the central thread of this book. This book is written in an extremely high pitched rhetorical style, with the author almost leaving no stone unturned in order to drive home her point, of social inequity and injustice.
So if you like nation-bashing, or rather to phrase it more aptly, ‘system-bashing’, this is the book you should pick up.
In between, the facts presented by the author, during the course of the book, make for a compelling study in themselves.