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Maximum City

Bombay città degli eccessi

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Il ritratto di una città, una delle piú grandi del mondo, attraverso le voci dei suoi abitanti. Mehta sceglie il modo piú affascinante ed efficace per raccontare la città: ricostruire con il talento del grande narratore i mille romanzi che s'intrecciano nelle strade della metropoli, giorno per giorno. Cosí entrano in scena Sunil, il teppista indú che un giorno dà fuoco a un musulmano e ottiene gloria e fortuna; Ajay Lal, il poliziotto onesto in un mondo di corrotti: Monalisa, la ballerina del beer bar che sa come condurre il gioco della seduzione; Mohsin, il killer della malavita che vorrebbe un giorno sposarsi per amore. E naturalmente gli attori della piú grande industria cinematografica del mondo, quella di Bollywood, dove la vita della città viene rimasticata e digerita per diventare leggenda. Un libro vasto e labirintico come la metropoli che racconta, ricco di vita, storie, emozioni e ricordi personali. «Straordinario... La qualità investigativa del reportage di Mehta, l'abilità con cui persuade gangster e assassini a raccontare le loro storie, sono sorprendenti. È il miglior libro scritto finora su questa grande metropoli in rovina, e merita assolutamente di essere letto». Salman Rushdie

From Publishers Weekly

19 July 2004 – Bombay native Mehta fills his kaleidoscopic portrait of "the biggest, fastest, richest city in India" with captivating moments of danger and dismay. Returning to Bombay (now known as Mumbai) from New York after a 21-year absence, Mehta is depressed by his beloved city's transformation, now swelled to 18 million and choked by pollution. Investigating the city's bloody 1992 1993 riots, he meets Hindus who massacred Muslims, and their leader, the notorious Godfather-like founder of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray, "the one man most directly responsible for ruining the city I grew up in." Daring to explore further the violent world of warring Hindu and Muslim gangs, Mehta travels into the city's labyrinthine criminal underworld with tough top cop Ajay Lal, developing an uneasy familiarity with hit men who display no remorse for their crimes. Mehta likewise deploys a gritty documentary style when he investigates Bombay's sex industry, profiling an alluring, doomed dancing girl and a cross-dressing male dancer who leads a strange double life. Mehta includes so-called "Bollywood" in his sweeping account of Bombay's subcultures: he hilariously recounts, in diary style, day-to-day life on the set among the aging male stars of the action movie Mission Kashmir. Mehta, winner of a Whiting Award and an O. Henry Prize, is a gifted stylist. His sophisticated voice conveys postmodern Bombay with a carefully calibrated balance of wit and outrage, harking back to such great Victorian urban chroniclers as Dickens and Mayhew while introducing the reader to much that is truly new and strange.
Maximum City
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  • Category: Travel & Adventure
  • Published: 07 October 2010
  • Publisher: Einaudi
  • Print Length: 552 Pages
  • Language: Italian
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