Beautiful and the Damned A Portrait of the New India

ISBN-10: 0865478732

ISBN-13: 9780865478732

Edition: N/A

Authors: Siddhartha Deb

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Siddhartha Deb grew up in a remote town in the northeastern hills of India and made his way to the United States via a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after leaving home, he returned as an undercover reporter forThe Guardian, working at a call center in Delhi in 2004, a time when globalization was fast proceeding and Thomas L. Friedman declared the world flat. Deb’s experience interviewing the call-center staff led him to undertake this book and travel throughout the subcontinent.The Beautiful and the Damnedexamines India’s many contradictions through various individual and extraordinary perspectives. With lyrical and commanding prose, Deb introduces the reader to an unforgettable group of Indians, including a Gatsby-like mogul in Delhi whose hobby is producing big-budget gangster films that no one sees; a wiry, dusty farmer named Gopeti whose village is plagued by suicides and was the epicenter of a riot; and a sad-eyed waitress named Esther who has set aside her dual degrees in biochemistry and botany to serve Coca-Cola to arms dealers at an upscale hotel called Shangri La.Like no other writer, Deb humanizes the post-globalization experience—its advantages, failures, and absurdities. India is a country where you take a nap and someone has stolen your job, where you buy a BMW but still have to idle for cows crossing your path. A personal, narrative work of journalism and cultural analysis in the same vein as Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’sRandom Familyand V. S. Naipaul’s India series,The Beautiful and the Damnedis an important and incisive new work. The Beautiful and the Damnedis a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011.
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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Siddhartha Deb was born in India in 1970 and moved to New York in 1998 on a fellowship. He has worked as a journalist in Delhi and Calcutta, and writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and TLS.

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