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City of Djinns By William Dalrymple (Paperback)

City of Djinns By William Dalrymple (Paperback)

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"City of Djinns" is a captivating travelogue written by William Dalrymple that delves into the cultural and historical intricacies of Delhi, a city that has a rich and ancient past yet is shaped by its more recent inhabitants. The book offers a unique perspective on the city's history, culture, and the diverse people who call it home.

The narrative is interspersed with encounters and stories of various individuals who inhabit Delhi, representing its diverse social fabric. From Sufis and eunuchs to Persian scholars and expatriates who chose to stay even after the British Raj's departure, Dalrymple provides a deep and multifaceted portrayal of the people who contribute to the city's unique character.

The book goes beyond the usual travel narrative, delving into the deeper layers of Delhi's history and culture. It captures the essence of Delhi as an ancient city with a complex identity that has been shaped by its past as well as the modern influences that have converged upon it. Dalrymple's writing is characterized by its insightful observations, historical anecdotes, and a deep sense of curiosity that makes the reader feel like an active participant in his exploration.

"City of Djinns" is not only a travelogue but also a heartfelt exploration of a city that the author has chosen to call home. Dalrymple's love for Delhi shines through his writing as he peels back the layers of time and brings the city's history to life. This book is a must-read for those interested in history, culture, and the essence of one of the world's most fascinating cities.
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury India
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9385936557
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9385936555
William Dalrymple is a bestselling author whose books include In Xanadu, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughal, Nine Lives and Return of a King. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d'Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Prize, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, The Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award for non-fiction, the Kapuscinski Prize for Literary Reportage, and has been shortlisted four times for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.

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