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Andrzej Stasiuk is a restless and indefatigable traveler. His journeys take him from his native Poland to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. By car, train, bus, ferry. To small towns and villages with unfamiliar-sounding yet strangely evocative names. and#8220;The heart of my Europe,and#8221; Stasiuk tells us, and#8220;beats in Sokolow, Podlaski, and in Husi, not in Vienna.and#8221;and#160;

Where did Moldova end and Transylvania begin, he wonders as he is being driven at breakneck speed in an ancient Audiand#8212;loose wires hanging from the dashboardand#8212;by a driver in shorts and bare feet, a cross swinging on his chest. In Comrat, a funeral procession moves slowly down the main street, the open coffin on a pickup truck, an old woman dressed in black brushing away the flies above the face of the deceased. On to Soroca, a baroque-Byzantine-Tatar-Turkish encampment, to meet Gypsies. And all the way to Babadag, between the Baltic Coast and the Black Sea, where Stasiuk sees his first minaret, and#8220;simple and severe, a pencil pointed at the sky.and#8221;and#160;

A brilliant tour of Europeand#8217;s dark undersideand#8212;travel writing at its very best.

Synopsis:

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people-a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself-from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider's view of this stunning city, bringing to his account a rare level of insight, detail, and intimacy. He approaches the city from unexpected angles-taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs who wrest control of the city's byzantine political and commercial systems . . . following the life of a bar dancer who chose the only life available to her after a childhood of poverty and abuse . . . opening the doors onto the fantastic, hierarchical inner sanctums of Bollywood . . . delving into the stories of the countless people who come from the villages in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks-the essential saga of a great city endlessly played out.

Through it all-as each individual story unfolds-we hear Mehta's own story: of the mixture of love, frustration, fascination, and intense identification he feels for and with Bombay, as he tries to find home again after twenty-one years abroad. And he makes clear that Bombay-the world's largest city-is a harbinger of the vast megalopolises that will redefine the very idea of "the city" in the near future.

Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, "Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insiders view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse; opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood; and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks.

Synopsis:

This brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people--a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself--is from an award-winning Indian journalist and fiction writer.

About the Author

Born in Warsaw in 1960, ANDRZEJ STASIUK is the author of five novels and a collection of essays, Fado (2009). On the Road to Babadag wonandnbsp;the prestigious Nike Award on its original publication in Poland inandnbsp;2005.andnbsp;

Table of Contents

PART ONE * POWER

Personal Geography

—The Country of the No

—Two Currencies

Powertoni

—The 1992-93 Riots

—Elections 1998

—The Saheb

Mumbai

Number Two After Scotland Yard

—Ajay Lal: The Blasts and the Gangwar

—Encounter

Black-Collar Workers

—Mohsin: The D-Company

—Satish: The Dal Badlu

—Chotta Shakeel: The Don in Exile

PART TWO * PLEASURE

Vadapav Eaters City

A City in Heat

—Monalisa Dances

—Golpitha

—Two Lives: Honey/Manoj

—New Years Eve

Distilleries of Pleasure

—Vidhu Vinod Chopra: Mission Kashmir

—Mahesh Bhatts Wound

—The Struggler and the Goddess

—Accused: Sanjay Dutt

—Dreamworld/Underworld

PART THREE * PASSAGES

Memory Mines

—Mayur Mahal Multipurpose

—A World of Children

Sone ki Chidiya

—Girish: A Tourist in His City

—Babbanji: Runaway Poet

—Adjust

Good-bye World

A Self in the Crowd

Afterword

Acknowledgments

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Cornwich, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Cornwich)
This is the best-written and most intriguing work of non-fiction I've ever read.

"Bombay is the future of urban civilization on the planet. God help us."
- from the first paragraph of the book.

A brave, lucid, and intelligent Suketu Mehta offers a privileged insider's look into modern day Mumbai. He hangs out with rival Muslim & Hindu gang overlords, cops, bar dancers, and moviemakers, in the upper echelons of society and in the open-sewered streets.

Pairs nicely with Aravind Adiga's White Tiger.

I can't recommend it enough.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375703409
Author:
Mehta, Suketu
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Stasiuk, Andrzej
Author:
Kandel, Michael
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Bombay (india)
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Bombay (India) Description and travel.
Subject:
Mehta, Suketu - Travel - India - Bombay
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
india;non-fiction;travel;bombay;mumbai;cities;history;memoir;asia;journalism;fiction;urban;culture;politics;bollywood;sociology;life;urban studies;travel writing;cultural studies;crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 560 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703409 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people-a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself-from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider's view of this stunning city, bringing to his account a rare level of insight, detail, and intimacy. He approaches the city from unexpected angles-taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs who wrest control of the city's byzantine political and commercial systems . . . following the life of a bar dancer who chose the only life available to her after a childhood of poverty and abuse . . . opening the doors onto the fantastic, hierarchical inner sanctums of Bollywood . . . delving into the stories of the countless people who come from the villages in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks-the essential saga of a great city endlessly played out.

Through it all-as each individual story unfolds-we hear Mehta's own story: of the mixture of love, frustration, fascination, and intense identification he feels for and with Bombay, as he tries to find home again after twenty-one years abroad. And he makes clear that Bombay-the world's largest city-is a harbinger of the vast megalopolises that will redefine the very idea of "the city" in the near future.

Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, "Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.

"From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insiders view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse; opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood; and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks.
"Synopsis" by , This brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people--a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself--is from an award-winning Indian journalist and fiction writer.
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