The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India

Valutazione media 3,32
( su 108 valutazioni fornite da Goodreads )
 
9780679742289: The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India

In this superb work of investigative reporting, Zia Jaffrey pursues the riddle of India's most elusive subculture, the cross-dressing and often-castrated figures known as "hijras" whose very name means neither male nor female. Are the hijras lucky or dangerous? Are they a nurturing community of outcasts or a criminal network that kidnaps and mutilates recruits? Do they number in the thousands or in the millions? As she talks with policemen, a unionizer of eunuchs, and with the hijras themselves, Jaffrey unravels veils of rumor and deception to locate the nature of our sexual and social thresholds, and the people who dwell on them. Deeply resonant, uniquely insightful, The Invisibles is an enthralling work.
"A magnificent journey. Jaffrey writes about this fascinating and delicate subject with human understanding and warmth."--Ryszard Kapuscinski
"Sensitively written...eloquent...and compassionate."--New York Times Book Review

Le informazioni nella sezione "Riassunto" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

Review:

Zia Jaffrey, daughter of the well-known Indian food writer Madhur Jaffrey and heir to a hybrid Indian-American culture, found herself fascinated on a visit to India by a separate and extraordinary caste--the hijras, or eunuchs, castrati who dress as women and live together. Empathizing with their sense of otherness, she pursued the story of their semi-secret existence. The hijras have a long tradition in India, yet are regarded with great ambiguity. On the one hand they are invited to attend weddings and births and thought to bring good luck despite their crude behavior, bawdy jokes, and bad singing. On the other hand, there is much fearful speculation as to how they perpetuate their caste--some allege the abduction and castration of little boys. Jaffrey sensitively investigates these mysteries.

From Booklist:

Jaffrey, who lived in India for much of her childhood, had no intention of researching the borderline world of eunuchs when she returned to India to see family and study ancient philosophy, but somehow her ambiguous status as an insider-become-outsider and the unsettling sight of a group of raucously singing eunuchs at a wedding led her to conduct the singular quest chronicled in this captivating book. With the surprising (given the taboo nature of the subject) help of family members, Jaffrey meets with eunuchs, or hijras, in various locales and slowly begins to fathom their strange but invaluable place in society. In a dramatic mix of oral history and scholarship, she reveals the origins, protocol, rituals, and cultural significance of the eunuch community, tracking their long, complex history and intimate ties to royal court life and the caste system. Jaffrey gets right to the soul of this peculiar but enduring mirror-image society and sensitively conveys its inherent dualism: its union of pain and eroticism, secretiveness and conspicuousness, infamy and acceptance, pride and pragmatism. Donna Seaman

Le informazioni nella sezione "Su questo libro" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

I migliori risultati di ricerca su AbeBooks

1.

Jaffrey, Zia
Editore: Vintage
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi PAPERBACK Quantità: 1
Da
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Vintage. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 067974228X Ships promptly. Codice libro della libreria GTA6834KLRA062215H0014A

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 8,71
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

2.

Zia Jaffrey
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Da
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Codice libro della libreria 97806797422890000000

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 10,36
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

3.

Jaffrey, Zia
Editore: VINTAGE BOOKS (1998)
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Print on Demand
Da
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro VINTAGE BOOKS, 1998. PAP. Condizione libro: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria IP-9780679742289

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 9,76
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,46
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

4.

Zia Jaffrey
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 1
Da
AMAZINGBOOKDEALS
(IRVING, TX, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Codice libro della libreria 067974228XBNA

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 10,55
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,46
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

5.

Jaffrey
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: > 20
Print on Demand
Da
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Codice libro della libreria 6030928

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 11,29
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,46
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

6.

Zia Jaffrey
Editore: Random House USA Inc, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Print on Demand
Da
The Book Depository
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In 1984, Zia Jaffrey traveled to Delhi, and there glimpsed a group of cross-dressing men who had walked, uninvited and unannounced, into a wedding. They sang out of tune, hurled insults at the guests, and were finally paid to leave. She learned that these often-castrated, elusive figures were known as the hijras - neither male nor female - or the eunuchs, of India. They existed in thousands in every major city, were tolerated yet reviled, thought to bring good luck to newlyweds and newborns, yet also called extortionists and kidnappers. Jaffrey set off on a journey to understand the forces of caste, poverty, sexual ambiguity, and the tradition itself that had allowed the hijras to persist into the modern age. In an investigation that points to her own sense of otherness in relation to Indian culture - she was born in New York of Indian extraction - Jaffrey delved into the mysteries of the hijras closed world, uncovering details about their past, their daily lives, and their complex social structures. In this spellbinding book - at once travelogue, history, interview, and fiction - Jaffrey invents a hybrid voice to match her subject, as she meets journalists, police commissioners, detectives, and doctors and tries to trace the hijras tradition through layers and layers of obfuscation and denial, as well as through Hindu, Muslim, and British history. She is drawn into a labyrinthine network of connections, coverups, and contradictions as mysterious as India itself. Codice libro della libreria APC9780679742289

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 15,23
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

7.

Zia Jaffrey
Editore: Random House USA Inc, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Print on Demand
Da
The Book Depository US
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In 1984, Zia Jaffrey traveled to Delhi, and there glimpsed a group of cross-dressing men who had walked, uninvited and unannounced, into a wedding. They sang out of tune, hurled insults at the guests, and were finally paid to leave. She learned that these often-castrated, elusive figures were known as the hijras - neither male nor female - or the eunuchs, of India. They existed in thousands in every major city, were tolerated yet reviled, thought to bring good luck to newlyweds and newborns, yet also called extortionists and kidnappers. Jaffrey set off on a journey to understand the forces of caste, poverty, sexual ambiguity, and the tradition itself that had allowed the hijras to persist into the modern age. In an investigation that points to her own sense of otherness in relation to Indian culture - she was born in New York of Indian extraction - Jaffrey delved into the mysteries of the hijras closed world, uncovering details about their past, their daily lives, and their complex social structures. In this spellbinding book - at once travelogue, history, interview, and fiction - Jaffrey invents a hybrid voice to match her subject, as she meets journalists, police commissioners, detectives, and doctors and tries to trace the hijras tradition through layers and layers of obfuscation and denial, as well as through Hindu, Muslim, and British history. She is drawn into a labyrinthine network of connections, coverups, and contradictions as mysterious as India itself. Codice libro della libreria APC9780679742289

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 15,28
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

8.

Jaffrey, Zia
Editore: Vintage (2017)
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 7
Print on Demand
Da
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Vintage, 2017. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. This item is printed on demand. Codice libro della libreria 067974228X

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 13,63
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 2,59
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

9.

Jaffrey, Zia
Editore: Vintage
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi PAPERBACK Quantità: > 20
Da
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Vintage. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 067974228X *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Codice libro della libreria SWATI2132236239

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 13,65
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,46
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

10.

Zia Jaffrey
ISBN 10: 067974228X ISBN 13: 9780679742289
Nuovi Quantità: 1
Da
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97806797422891.0

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 14,67
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,46
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

Vedi altre copie di questo libro

Vedi tutti i risultati per questo libro