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    DescriptionFrom the author of "The Last Mughal," an enlightening book that explores with remarkable compassion and expansive insight nine varieties of religious devotion in India today. In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man in Kerala divides his time between jobs as a prison warden and a well-builder and his calling as an incarnate deity. A temple prostitute watches her two daughters die from AIDS after entering a trade she regards as a sacred calling. A Jain nun recalls the pain of watching her closest friend ritually starve herself to death. Together, these tales reveal the resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, the enduring legacy of tradition, and the hope and honor that can be found even in the most unlikely places.


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    Title
    Nine Lives
    Subtitle
    In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Dalrymple
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 275
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307474469
    ISBN 10: 0307474461
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: WTH, BGA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC subject category V2: VXW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25430
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 62
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC012000
    BIC subject category V2: BGXA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 294.092/254
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 294.092254
    LC classification: BL2001.3 .D35 2011
    BISAC V2.8: BIO018000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    9 ILLLUS./1 MAP
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    14 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William Dalrymple is the author of six previous acclaimed works of history and travel, including "City of Djinns, "which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; the best-selling "From the Holy Mountain; White Mughals, "which won Britain's most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson; and "The Last Mughal, "which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to "The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, "and "The Guardian. "
    Review quote
    "A singular achievement. . . . A deeply respectful and sympathetic portrait of those modest souls seldom mentioned in the headlines." --Pico Iyer, "Time " "Not only a masterful text, but also an extaordinarily important work." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Fascinating and sometimes painfully moving. . . . This is the India we seldom see, peopled by obscure people whose lives are made vivid by their eloquent troubles and reckless piety." --"The New York Times Book Review ""[This is] the age for writers like Mr. Dalrymple, who fall in with the rhythms and languages of foreign lands. Nine Lives shows us lives hidden almost entirely from Western readers. . . opening up the world in a compelling way." --"Wall Street Journal " "Informed, compassionate, and careful to place the emphasis where it belongs: on the extraordinary people whose stories [Dalrymple] conveys." --"Harper's" " " "Strikingly colorful. . . . [Dalrymple's] point--which he makes elegantly by quoting many voices--is that, as India hurtles toward modernity, it may be losing some of its soul." --"The Washington Post" " " "Luminous. . . . Consists of nine riveting and thickly reported tales of individual devotion, which together summon up a whole world and sometimes end with devastating twists. . . . Nine Lives will only enhance [Dalrymple's] reputation." -"The New Republic" "Fulfills the premise that a master artist can make something very difficult look easy. . . . You don't have to know a thing about India to enjoy this book, but when you're done you will know and appreciate much more about its people and their various lives--of the body, of the spirit and of the heart." --"The Seattle Times" " " "Fascinating. . . . These might seem like exotic characters, but Dalrymple allows them to tell their own stories, and they emerge as deeply sympathetic and human." --"Newsday" " " "Triumphant. . . . Not only illuminates India's relationship with religionm