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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...
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Maximum City

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858401255
  • Publisher: EINAUDI
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suketu Mehta
Suketu Mehta
When Suketu Mehta returned to Bombay, the city of his youth, he was confounded by the teeming, filthy, and yet sometimes alluringly exotic metropolis before him -- and captured this encounter in an arresting account, Maximum City.

Biography

Suketu Mehta is a fiction writer and journalist based in New York. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta's work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Granta, Harper's, Time, Condé Nast Traveler, and The Village Voice, and has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Mehta also co-wrote Mission Kashmir, a Bollywood movie.

Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

He is currently writing an original screenplay for The Goddess a Merchant-Ivory film starring Tina Turner.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Mehta:

"I wrote for computer trade magazines for many years. One of them was a newspaper for computer dealers. It taught me everything I needed to know about reporting. I was also ‘Dear Aunt Lanny' at LAN (Local Area Network) magazine; I wrote an agony column for the technically challenged. I made up the questions and the answers."

"My ambition as a writer is to write a really kick-ass love story, in the tradition of the great Persian romance Laila Majnooh."

"I worked so long at Maximum City that I completely wore out the fabric of the seat of my desk chair. I should hang the seat up on my wall, to remind me of what it took."

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    1. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., New York University; M.F.A. (Fiction), University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
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