City of Djinns
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City of Djinns

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`Could you show me a djinn?' I asked. `Certainly,' replied the Sufi. `But you would run away.'From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize shortlisted `The Return of a King', this is William Dalrymple's captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters - from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj - William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately.He pursues Delhi's interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem.`City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Flamingo
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 b/w illus
  • 0006375952
  • 9780006375951
  • 22,106

About William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple's first book, `In Xanadu', won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and the Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award. His third, `From the Holy Mountain', won the Scottish Arts Council Autumn Book Award and was shortlisted for the 1998 Thomas Cook Award. His fourth, `The Age of Kali', was published in November 1998. He is the youngest Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has written and presented a six-part series on the buildings of the Raj for Channel 4.show more

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`Delightful ... Surely one of the funniest books about India' Times Literary Supplement`Scholarly and marvellously entertaining ... a considerable feat' Dervla Murphy, Spectator`Dalrymple has pulled it off again' Jan Morris, Independentshow more

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