The fourth book from the most acclaimed and gifted young travel writer of his generation, author of the best-selling In Xanadu, City of Djinns and From the Holy Mountain.
William Dalrymple, who wrote so magically about India in City of Djinns, returns to the country in a series of remarkable essays. Featured in the pages of Indian Ink are fifteen-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train.
In the course of his travels Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan, Ismail Merchant, Benazir Bhutto and Baba Sehgal, the Indian Gary Glitter; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti – She Who is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences civil war in Kashmir and caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar, and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur (only brought to book when the municipality began impregnating their bananas with opium); and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids.
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‘Dalrymple is probably the best travel writer of his generation’
‘The future of travel writing lies in the hands of gifted authors like Dalrymple’
Sara Wheeler, Independent
William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu, won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and the Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award, and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. His second, City of Djinns, won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His third, From the Holy Mountain, was published in April 1997. He is the youngest Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has recently written and presented a six-part series on the buildings of the Raj for Channel 4.
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Descrizione libro Harpercollins Uk, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0002555107
Descrizione libro Harpercollins Uk, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0002555107
Descrizione libro Harpercollins Uk, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110002555107
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97800025551041.0