City of Djinns

City of Djinns

Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101127018

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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Peeling back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure. Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.
Categories: Travel

City of Djinns

City of Djinns

‘Could you show me a djinn?’ I asked. ‘Certainly,’ replied the Sufi. ‘But you would run away.’

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007378784

Category: Travel

Page: 352

View: 330

‘Could you show me a djinn?’ I asked. ‘Certainly,’ replied the Sufi. ‘But you would run away.’
Categories: Travel

Journeying and Journalling

Journeying and Journalling

15 Dalrymple, City of Djinns 9. 16 Youngs, 'Interview with Robyn Davidson.' 21–36, esp. 34–5. Anna Johnston has remarked to me that interviews themselves may also involve self-construction. 17 Youngs, 'Interview with William Dalrymple.

Author: Giselle Bastin

Publisher: Wakefield Press

ISBN: 9781862549081

Category: Travel writing

Page: 217

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Collectively the essays in this collection provide a snapshot of current directions and preoccupations in contemporary travel writing scholarship. They function as a reminder of the work that has been done on representations of Indigeneity and of writing marginalised narratives into the travel canon.
Categories: Travel writing

The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies

The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies

William Dalrymple's City of Djinns was published in 1993, a period when travel writing was enjoying considerable commercial and critical success in Britain. Dalrymple himself was one of the most prominent of a new generation of travel ...

Author: Lieven Ameel

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000605624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 514

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Over the past decades, the growing interest in the study of literature of the city has led to the development of literary urban studies as a discipline in its own right. The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies provides a methodical overview of the fundamentals of this developing discipline and a detailed outline of new directions in the field. It consists of 33 newly commissioned chapters that provide an outline of contemporary literary urban studies. The Companion covers all of the main theoretical approaches as well as key literary genres, with case studies covering a range of different geographical, cultural, and historical settings. The final chapters provide a window into new debates in the field. The three focal issues are key concepts and genres of literary urban studies; a reassessment and critique of classical urban studies theories and the canon of literary capitals; and methods for the analysis of cities in literature. The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies provides the reader with practical insights into the methods and approaches that can be applied to the city in literature and serves as an important reference work for upper-level students and researchers working on city literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities

But in ages, when writers chose a journey through paths “less trodden by many”, a work like City of Djinns:A Year in Delhi by Wiilliam Dalrymple redirects the possibilities of a study on space and widen the dimensions of understanding ...

Author: Saran S.

Publisher: Pencil

ISBN: 9789354580444

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

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About the Book: Arts and humanities are imagined as inseparable and integrated activities. Both challenge and enlarge our basic human capacities for interpretation and evaluation. In the arena of literary studies, there is a growing academic interest for the study of Arts and Humanities across the world. What may rightfully be expected of art is to depend on the nature of the entity itself. Understanding possible applications of art helps to determine its identity. The recent pursuit for mapping the mosaics including that of literary and culture studies makes it interesting to interrogate transnational cultures formation of canons and deconstruction of stereotypes. Writing has always been powerful space of discourse to address the varied areas.
Categories: Fiction

City of Djinns

City of Djinns

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher:

ISBN: 1101125551

Category: Delhi (India)

Page: 350

View: 895

Categories: Delhi (India)

The Emperor s Shadow

The Emperor s Shadow

22 'Major General Sir Henry Torrens' from Entries for Queen's Royal Surrey Regimental Association. (Given the disparity in their ages, Francis and Henry Torrens may have been halfbrothers.) 23 William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A year ...

Author: Anne Whitehead

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781925267693

Category: History

Page:

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After Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, he was sent into exile on St Helena, arriving in October 1815. For the six years until his death, he was an 'eagle in a cage', reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic. But the fallen emperor was charmed and entertained by Betsy Balcombe, the pretty teenage daughter of a local merchant. Anne Whitehead brings to life Napoleon's time on St Helena and the web of connections around the globe which framed his last years. Betsy's father, William Balcombe, was well-connected in London, and he smuggled letters and undertook a clandestine mission to Paris for Napoleon. Betsy's friendship with Napoleon cast a shadow over the rest of her colourful life. She married a Regency cad, who soon left her and their daughter, and she travelled to Australia in 1823 with her father, who was appointed the first Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales. After her father was exposed for fraud and the family lost their fortune, she returned to London and published a memoir which turned her into a celebrity. With her extraordinary connections to royalty in London and to the Bonaparte family and their courtiers, Betsy Balcombe led a life worthy of a Regency romance. This new account reveals Napoleon at his most vulnerable, human and reflective, and a woman caught in some of the most dramatic events of her time.
Categories: History

More Human Than Human

More Human Than Human

DJINN'S. WIFE. IAN. McDONALD. OnceBefore. there the water was a woman in war, that was Delhi who married a djinn. not so strange a thing: Delhi, split in two like a brain, has been the city of djinns from time before time.

Author: Neil Clarke

Publisher: Start Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781597806183

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one. One of the earliest science-fictional novels, Frankenstein, concerned itself primarily with the hubris of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator. Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be human? These stories continued through the golden age of science fiction with Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s Saturn's Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.
Categories: Fiction

Cyberabad Days

Cyberabad Days

Once there was a woman in Delhi who married a djinn. Before the water war that was not so strange a thing. Delhi, split in two like a brain, has been the city of djinns from time before time. The Sufis tell that God made two creations, ...

Author: Ian McDonald

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780575087934

Category: Fiction

Page: 488

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The world: 'Cyberabad' is the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water-wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity and a population where males out-number females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas. Cyberabad is a collection of 7 stories: The Little Goddess. Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006. In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood. The Djinn's Wife. Hugo nominee and BSFA short fiction winner 2007 A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell? The Dust Assassin. Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process. Jasbir and Sujay go Shaadi. Love and marriage should be plain-sailing when your matchmaker is a soap-star artificial intelligence Sanjeev and Robotwallah. What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over? Kyle meets the River. A young American in Varanas learns the true meaning of 'nation building' in the early days of a new country. Vishnu at the Cat Circus. A genetically improved 'Brahmin' child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.
Categories: Fiction