Capital

Capital

A Portrait of Delhi in the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2014
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Winner of the Ryszard Kapuściński Award and the Prix #65533;mile Guimet de Litt#65533;rature Asiatique

Finalist for the Orwell Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre #65533;tranger

You may have heard rumours of great changes in Asia. In Capital, a novelist takes you on an intimate tour of an erupting Asian megalopolis: Delhi, capital of India. Speaking to billionaires and slum dwellers, drug dealers and bureaucrats, psychoanalysts and metal traders, he paints a dazzling portrait of a city in a moment of stupefying change.



Enormous fortunes have been made; a city has been ripped down and rebuilt. Capital shows us how this upheaval affects the private thoughts and dreams of Delhi's sixteen million residents. Through Dasgupta's acute historical and social analysis, we also understand how things came to be as they are-and how, in these days of Asia's rise, they could come to affect the lives of everyone else, all over the world.



Capital, written by Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta, bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India's capital city. Describing the emergence of the city from partition in 1947 to its shape-shifting present, this tour de force of non-fiction writing expounds upon the emergence of an economic powerhouse and seeks to understand the very specific history of the communities who ended up in Delhi and the way that history informs and motivates people today. But this is more than a book about one city; it's a book about all cities and the promise of a global future.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Canada,, [2014]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781443406048
Branch Call Number: ANF 954.56053 DAS
Characteristics: xv, 455 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Dec 18, 2017

The title of this book refers not only to Delhi as the capital city but also to the capital which transformed and essentially destroyed the city since the 1990s. The author tells the story through conversations with a wide variety of "middle class" and very rich citizens of the city. He ends the book with a description of how the water table has been destroyed and its implications. Excellent.

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