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Suketu Mehta left Bombay at the age of 14. Twenty-one years later, having lived in Paris, London and New York's East Village, he returned to rediscover the only city he calls his own. The result is this stunning, brilliantly illuminating portrait of the megalopolis and its people—a book, seven years in the making, that is as vast, as diverse, as rich in experience, incident and sensation as the city itself. Mehta approaches the life and lives of Bombay from unexpected angles. He takes us into the underworld where Muslim and Hindu gangs manage to wrest some control of the Byzantine political and commercial systems of the city. He follows the life of a bar dancer, whose childhood of poverty and abuse left her no choice but the one she made. He journeys on the famed local trains and out onto the streets and footpaths, where the essential story of Bombay is played out every day by the countless migrants who come in search of a better life. He opens windows into the inner sanctums of Bollywood and the alternative universe at its fringes. And through it all—as each individual story unfolds—we hear Mehta's own story: of the mixture of love, frustration, fascination, and intense identification he feels for and with Bombay. Candid, impassioned, insightful, both surprisingly funny and heart-rending, Maximum City is a revelation of a complex and ever-changing world: the continent of Bombay. Printed Pages: 600. Size: 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 013187
Inhaltsangabe: From From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4/10/11): Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found is a narrative nonfiction book by Suketu Mehta, published in 2004, about the Indian city of Mumbai ("Bombay"). ... Maximum City was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, and won the Kiriyama Prize, an award given to books that foster a greater understanding of the nations and peoples of the Pacific Rim and South Asia. It won the 2005 Vodafone Crossword Book Award. The Economist named Maximum City one of its books of the year for 2004. .... The quotes from reviewers, listed below, help to build a picture of this complex book, written in a narrative style that would be equally well at home in fiction. "In Maximum City, Suketu Mehta has given us a brilliant book. He writes fearlessly about the horror and wonder that is Bombay. One by one, he reveals its multiple personalities: maleficent Bombay, bountiful Bombay, beckoning temptress of hope, manufacturer of despair-city of dreams and nightmare city. Best of all, reading this book helps one understand why Bombay can be an addiction." - Rohinton Mistry, author of Family Matters and A Fine Balance "Quite extraordinary - Mehta writes about Bombay with an unsparing ferocity born of his love, which I share, for the old pre-Mumbai city which has now been almost destroyed by corruption, gangsterism and neo-fascist politics, its spirit surviving in tiny moments and images which he seizes upon as proof of the survival of hope. The quality of his investigative reportage, the skill with which he persuades hoodlums and murderers to open up to him, is quite amazing. It's the best book yet written about that great, ruined metropolis, my city as well as his, and it deserves to be very widely read." - Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh.
Titel: Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Auflage: First Edition.
Buchbeschreibung Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 2006. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Gut. 600 Seiten Artikel stammt aus Nichtraucherhaushalt! CA2552 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 431. Artikel-Nr. 498281
Buchbeschreibung Review, 2004. Paperback; Import. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. Schnitt oben leicht verschmutzt, kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 218132 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 770. Artikel-Nr. 350995
Buchbeschreibung Review, 2005. Trade Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very good pbk, 8vo. Artikel-Nr. 113978
Buchbeschreibung Review Headline. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - An international bestseller upon publication, MAXIMUM CITY was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and remains a classic study of the metropolis of Bombay. 'If there's been a more striking snapshot of the changing face of Asia, I've never read it' Sunday Times Bombay's story is told through the lives, often desperately near the edge, of some of the people who live there. Hitmen, dancing girls, cops, movie stars, poets, beggars and politicians - Suketu looked at the city through their eyes. The complex texture of these extraordinary tales is threaded together by Suketu Mehta's own history of growing up in Bombay and returning to live there after a 21-year absence, and in looking through the eyes of his found the city within himself. Part memoir, part journalism, part travelogue, and written with the relentless observation and patience of a novelist, Maximum City is a brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people - a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself. 608 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780747259695
Buchbeschreibung London., Review/Headline Book Publishing, 2004. 498 S. Gr.8°, ill.OKtn. Sehr gut erhalten. 1000 gr. Artikel-Nr. KNE15991