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The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India

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Publisher Comments:

In this superb work of investigative reporting, Zia Jaffrey pursues the riddle of India's most elusive subculture, the cross-dressing and often-castrated figures known as "hijras" whose very name means neither male nor female. Are the hijras lucky or dangerous? Are they a nurturing community of outcasts or a criminal network that kidnaps and mutilates recruits? Do they number in the thousands or in the millions? As she talks with policemen, a unionizer of eunuchs, and with the hijras themselves, Jaffrey unravels veils of rumor and deception to locate the nature of our sexual and social thresholds, and the people who dwell on them. Deeply resonant, uniquely insightful, The Invisibles is an enthralling work.

"A magnificent journey. Jaffrey writes about this fascinating and delicate subject with human understanding and warmth."--Ryszard Kapuscinski

"Sensitively written...eloquent...and compassionate."--New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A spellbinding book--part travelogue, part history--about eunuchs in India today. They are both reviled and accepted, not officially acknowledged but a constant topic of conversation, believed to bring good luck to newlyweds and newborns but accused of prostitution and pederasty. (NIA)

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Includes bibliographical references (307-313).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679742289
Author:
Jaffrey, Zia
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
India
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Eunuchs
Subject:
Eunuchs -- India.
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General Travel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGES OF BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.1 x .7 in .66 lb

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