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Maximum City : Bombay Lost & Found
Author: Suketu Mehta
ISBN: 9780144001590
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin
Number of Pages: 600
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INR 499.00
Book Awards
Winner of the 2005 Kiriyama Prize for Non-fiction
About Book
Suketu Mehta left Bombay at the age of 14. Twenty-one years later he returned to rediscover the city. 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. ‘Extraordinary . . . the best book yet written about that great, ruined metropolis’—Salman Rushdie ‘Like one of Bombay’s teeming chawls, Maximum City is part nightmare and part millennial hallucination, filled with detail, drama and a richly varied cast of characters. In his quest to plumb both the grimy depths and radiant heights of the continent that is Bombay, Suketu Mehta has taken travel writing to an entirely new level. This is a gripping, compellingly readable account of a love affair with a city: I couldn’t put it down’—Amitav Ghosh ‘Bombay gets its Boswell, his chronicle as sprawling and enchanting as his subject’—India Today ‘A seething, rumbling, deeply compassionate break-dance of a book’—Hindu ‘Narrative reporting at its finest, probably the best work of nonfiction to come out of India in recent years . . . Mehta succeeds so brilliantly in taking the pulse of this riotous urban jungle’—New York Times Book Review ‘Mehta’s tales, pounding along in the present tense, read like a modern Arabian Nights, only crueller, more poignant, more real. . .Part memoir, part journalism, part travelogue, Maximum City is a tour de force’—The Times
About Author
Suketu Mehta is a fiction writer and journalist based in New York. For his fiction he has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Mehta’s work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Granta, Harper’s, Time, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Village Voice, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Mehta also co-wrote the film Mission Kashmir. Maximum City has won the 2005 Kiriyama Prize for Non-fiction, was short-listed for the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Book Prize for Non-fiction 2005, and chosen as Book of the Year for 2004 by The Economist. Suketu Mehta was also a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize
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