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By William Dalrymple

May perhaps you exhibit me a djinn?’ I requested. ‘Certainly,’ answered the Sufi. ‘But you'll run away.’

This is William Dalrymple’s beautiful memoir of a 12 months spent in Delhi, a urban watched over and guarded by way of the mischievous, invisible djinns. accommodation with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering a unprecedented array of characters – from elusive eunuchs to the final remnants of the Raj – William Dalrymple involves comprehend the bewildering urban in detail. He pursues Delhi’s interlacing layers of background alongside slim alleys and large boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mixture of mysticism and mayhem.

Sparkling with irrepressible wit, urban of Djinns peels again the layers of Delhi's centuries-old background, revealing a unprecedented array of characters alongside the way-from eunuchs to descendants of serious Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded interest, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" towns of Delhi in addition to the 8th city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits which are stated to guarantee the city's Phoenix-like regeneration regardless of what number instances it truly is destroyed. exciting, attention-grabbing, and informative, urban of Djinns is an impossible to resist mixture of study and adventure.

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