Kathmandu

Thomas Bell

Verlag: Random House, 2015
ISBN 10: 8184005784 / ISBN 13: 9788184005783
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Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya, a unique survival of cultural practices that died out in India a thousand years ago. It is a carnival of sexual license and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention and an environmental catastrophe. Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, Kathmandus rapid modernization is an extreme version of what is happening in many traditional societies. The many layers of the citys development are reflected in the successive generations of its gods and goddesses, witches and ghosts, the comforts of caste, the ethos of aristocracy and kingship and the lately destabilizing spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy. Kathmandu follows the authors story through a decade in the city and unravels the citys history through successive reinventions of itself. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, it is the fascinating chronicle of a unique city. Quote of praises A narrative of an enchanting and troubling complexity. Tom Bell has thought through the history and contemporary reality of Kathmandu and has written a great, subtle book, one as shadowed as Kathmandus alleys and as brilliant as its midday squares - Teju Cole, author of Open City A wonderfully discursive account of the personal discovery of a great city. Looping through centuries and slaloming between journalism and history, memoir, mythology and gossip, Tom Bell has written a portrait of Kathmandu like no other, taking us from Manjushree to the Maoists via witches, colonial Orientalists, LSD cults, spies wars and old Serge Gainsbourg movies. A splendidly eccentric and enjoyable first book - William Dalrymple, author of Return of a King An evocative and entertaining portrait of a misunderstood city - Sam Miller, author of Delhi - Adventures in a Megacity and Blue Guide India Capturing the complexity of Nepali-lived experience, this is an exquisite read - Manjushree Thapa, author of Forget Kathmandu Printed Pages: 492. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 102665

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Inhaltsangabe: One of the greatest cities of the Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal, is a unique blend of thousand-year-old cultural practices and accelerated urban development. In this book, Thomas Bell recounts his experiences from his many years in the city—exploring in the process the rich history of Kathmandu and its many instances of self-reinvention.    
Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, Kathmandu is, as Bell argues, a jewel of the art world, a carnival of sexual license, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe. In important ways, Kathmandu’s rapid modernization can be seen as an extreme version of what is happening in other traditional societies.  Bell also discusses the ramifications of the recent Nepal earthquake.
A comprehensive look at a top global destination, Kathmandu is an entertaining and accessible chronicle for anyone eager to learn more about this fascinating city.
 

About the Author: Thomas Bell studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art before moving to Kathmandu to cover the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph and the Economist. He left Kathmandu in 2016 and now lives in the United States.
 

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Titel: Kathmandu
Verlag: Random House
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: New

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Verlag: Haus Publishing Ltd. Apr 2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1910376388 ISBN 13: 9781910376386
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Buchbeschreibung Haus Publishing Ltd. Apr 2016, 2016. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya; a place where unique cultural practises that died out in India a thousand years ago have survived. It is a carnival of sexual license and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe. Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, Kathmandu's rapid modernisation is an extreme version of what is happening in many traditional societies. The many layers of the city's development are reflected in the successive generations of its gods and goddesses, witches and ghosts, the comforts of caste, the ethos of aristocracy and kingship, and the lately destabilising spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, it is the fascinating chronicle of a unique city. 500 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781910376386

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