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Riassunto: Winner of the Booker Prize.
India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.
Farrell’s story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion—at once brutal, blundering, and wistful—is soon revealed.
The Siege of Krishnapur is a companion to Troubles, about the Easter 1916 rebellion in Ireland, and The Singapore Grip, which takes place just before World War II, as the sun begins to set upon the British Empire. Together these three novels offer an unequaled picture of the follies of empire.
Review: "The first sign of trouble at Krishnapur came with a mysterious distribution of chapatis, made of coarse flour and about the size and thickness of a biscuit; towards the end of February 1857, they swept the countryside like an epidemic."
Students of history will recognize 1857 as the year of the Sepoy rebellion in India--an uprising of native soldiers against the British, brought on by Hindu and Muslim recruits' belief that the rifle cartridges they were provided had been greased with pig or cow fat. This seminal event in Anglo-Indian relations provides the backdrop for J.G. Farrell's Booker Prize-winning exploration of race, culture, and class, The Siege of Krishnapur.
Like the mysteriously appearing chapatis, life in British India seems, on the surface, innocuous enough. Farrell introduces us gradually to a large cast of characters as he paints a vivid portrait of the Victorians' daily routines that are accompanied by heat, boredom, class consciousness, and the pursuit of genteel pastimes intended for cooler climates. Even the siege begins slowly, with disquieting news of massacres in cities far away. When Krishnapur itself is finally attacked, the Europeans withdraw inside the grounds of the Residency where very soon conditions begin to deteriorate: food and water run out, disease is rampant, people begin to go a little mad. Soon the very proper British are reduced to eating insects and consorting across class lines. Farrell's descriptions of life inside the Residency are simultaneously horrifying and blackly humorous. The siege, for example, is conducted under the avid eyes of the local populace, who clearly anticipate an enjoyable massacre and thus arrive every morning laden with picnic lunches (plainly visible to the starving Europeans). By turns witty and compassionate, The Siege of Krishnapur comprises the best of all fictional worlds: unforgettable characters, an epic adventure, and at its heart a cultural clash for the ages. Quite simply, this is a splendid novel. --Alix Wilber
Titolo: Siege of Krishnapur
Casa editrice: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
Data di pubblicazione: 1973
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1973. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP77150990
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR001242484
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Codice libro della libreria GOR002035179
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1984. Cloth. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine DJ. First edition. Thitd impression. Some sunning on DJ. Codice libro della libreria 22797
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Yes. Some wear to bottom edges of boards. Spine of dust jacket is sun-faded. Spine has a lean. Binding is tight. Former library book with usual library stamps, tape stains, markings and shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria 2088
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1973. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: VG. Condizione sovraccoperta: VG. Reprint. Soil to outer edges, small corner creasing and creasing from page handling. Bumping to boards. Price clipped DJ has edge/rub wear, tears, chipping, light soiling and creasing. Actual book for sale pictured. 15 x 22.4 x 3.5cm, wt750g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 019734
Descrizione libro London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973. Second Edition. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 344 pages; Physical description: 344 p ; 22 cm. Subjects: India - History - Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858 - Fiction - Historical fiction. 1 Kg. 344 pp. Codice libro della libreria 213668
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition. EX-LIB COPY protected not price clipped dust jacket, which is now protected by a removable transparent wrapper. Please contact me for further details of this book or other titles not presently listed. My main speciality is IRISH BOOKS. To see other books on this subject click on: "MORE BOOKS FROM THIS SELLER" and then type in “IRISH” under KEYWORDS, which can be filtered further by “history” [which includes politics], “literary”, “topography”& "Art". I have built up my collection over 25 year and I am constantly acquiring new stock. Do contact me for more information of further titles not presently listed. Codice libro della libreria ABE-18323954504
Descrizione libro London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Second Edition. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 344 pages; Physical description: 344 p ; 22 cm. Subjects: India - History - Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858 - Fiction - Historical fiction. 344 pp. Codice libro della libreria 213668
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. 1st Edition. Used but unread.Light imperfections to page edges.Very mild.Two closed tears to upper covers and two shorter closed tears to lower covers.Two closed tears to head of spine. Codice libro della libreria 000887