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Personal encounters throughout Indira Gandhi's India clearly reveal the overwhelming problems and agonies of the nation torn by overpopulation, poverty, and dissent
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In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi's "Emergency," V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past.
Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians-from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay's homeless-Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization" is a work of astonishing insight and candor.
“Extraordinarily forceful. . . . Naipaul is an elegantly precise and exacting writer.” –Newsweek
“A deep pleasure to read. . . . Adventurous, inquiring, observant, penetrating, intelligent.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Typical Naipaul–brilliantly lucid, terse, with something hardbitten yet resigned in the emotional background.” –The New York Times Book Review
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Book Description Vintage, 1977. Paperback. Condition: New. 1st Vintage Book ed. Seller Inventory # DADAX0394724631
Book Description Vintage, 1977. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394724631