Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi (Paperback)Steve Inskeep (author)
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Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 283 g
Dimensions: 213 x 140 x 19 mm
"Informative, ambitious, chaotic, and sometimes glorious" - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
"Absorbing... reads like a sophisticated thriller as the author traces the movements of a number of people... he keeps his narrative well paced and full of small surprises. The book sparkles when Inskeep takes an unexpected turn and follows a stranger, or when he tracks down a new trend to illuminate a new facet of the city. The old man he encounters outside a liquor shop, the slum under construction, the upscale leisure park tell us more about the city than any bomb blast...Not many politicians read books in Karachi, but if they were to read one, let it be Instant City. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Steve Inskeep has written a magnificent, engrossing book about one of the world's most vivid and fascinating cities. His subject - urban Pakistan's struggles and zig-zagging achievements - is of deep and timely importance. His voice reflects the best traditions of politically alert travel writing, endowed with calm wisdom and curious empathy." - Steve Coll, author of GHOST WARS and THE BIN LADENS
"Urbanity is our certain and fixed future. How human beings live together-or fail to live together-compacted into great cities where a world's races, religions and ancestries share ever-tighter quarters-this is the fundamental question for the new century. With Instant City, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a single violent and volatile day in the teeming streets of Karachi, Pakistan. In doing so, he reveals what is now at stake not just for Pakistan, or Asia, but for the human species. This is thoughtful, important work."- David Simon, creator of HBO's "The Wire;" author of HOMICIDE
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