Capital: The Eruption of Delhi (Paperback)
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'A terrific portrait of Delhi right now' SALMAN RUSHDIE

'An astonishing tour de force by a major writer at the peak of his powers' WILLIAM DALRYMPLE


WINNER OF THE PRIX EMILE GUIMET DE LITTERATURE ASIATIQUE 2017
WINNER OF THE RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI AWARD 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE ONDAATJE PRIZE 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ETRANGER 2016

When Rana Dasgupta arrived in Delhi at the turn of the twenty-first century, he had no intention of staying for long, but the city beguiled him - he 'fell in love and in hate with it' - and fifteen years later, Delhi is still his home.

Over these fifteen years, he has watched as the tumult of destruction and creation which accompanies India's economic boom transformed the face of the city. In Capital, he explores the life-changing consequences for Delhi's people, meeting with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug dealers and metal traders, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts. These encounters, interwoven with over a century of history, plunge us into Delhi's intoxicating, sometimes terrifying, story of capitalist transformation - one that has repercussions not only for India, but for everybody's future.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857860040
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A beautifully written portrait of a corrupt, violent and traumatised city growing so fast it is almost unrecognisable to its own inhabitants. An astonishing tour de force by a major writer at the peak of his powers -- WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
A terrific portrait of Delhi right now and hits a lot of nails on the head -- SALMAN RUSHDIE * * Vogue * *
Lyrical and haunting * * International New York Times * *
Achingly beautiful . . . and cleverly tangential * * Financial Times * *
Intense, lyrical, erudite and powerful * * Observer * *
Important . . . His lyrical encounters with a wide range of modern Delhiites reveal a novelist's ear and are beautifully sketched * * Telegraph * *
Dasgupta peels back the layers of denial with insight, humanity and beautiful writing. He exposes festering wounds buts succeeds in fascinating rather than repelling * * The Times * *
A remarkable and exhaustive account * * Independent * *
Personal, original and vivid * * New Internationalist * *
A remarkably elegant work whose rich style and sweep often brings to mind V S Naipaul's A Million Mutinies Now * * New Statesman * *
Dasgupta's combination of reportage, political critique and oral history is mordant rather than dyspeptic, sorrowful rather than castigatory. But what makes it more than a local study, what makes it so haunting, is that its textured, tart accounts of the privatisation of public space, of the incestuous relationship between the political and business classes, of the precarity that renders daily life so fraught all apply as much to Britain and the west as they do to the Indian capital * * Guardian * *
Capital is constructed around a series of mesmerising interviews . . . Among many lively episodes in Dasgupta's appropriately large, sprawling and populous book is one describing the experience of driving in Delhi * * Spectator * *
Rana Dasgupta is the most unexpected and original Indian writer of his generation -- SALMAN RUSHDIE
[Dasgupta has] a gift for sentences of lancing power and beauty * * New Yorker * *
Dasgupta's eye is keen, and his sensitivity to small moments takes this extraordinary, tender book linger in the mind like a series of striking short stories. In Delhi, ruined, embattled, and alarmingly mutant, he sees the globalised city of the future * * Prospect * *
His novelistic talents are matched by his skill at eliciting astonishing candor from his subjects . . . [Capital is] the most worthwhile in a strong field of recent books about India's free-market revolution and its unintended consequences * * New Yorker * *
Dasgupta writes with poetic colour about a place that, despite all its failings, still manages to conjure a vibrancy that could make it one of the powerhouses of the century * * Good Book Guide * *

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“Capital”

By turns disturbing, funny and shocking, this is an essential and often surprising portrait of post-imperial, post-economic liberalisation Delhi. Personal stories and interviews with colourful characters (to put it... More

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