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The author of the book: William Dalrymple
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Date of issue: May 2011
ISBN 13: 9788845926013
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Che cosa significa realmente essere un asceta indù o una prostituta sacra, un mistico sufi o un tantrista necromante nell'India dei computer e dei centri commerciali? Le nove storie qui raccolte, frutto di venticinque anni di viaggi attraverso l'India, rivelano l'inattesa persistenza della fede e dei rituali in un mondo in rapido mutamento. Nove storie e nove personaggi memorabili: come il monaco buddhista che imbraccia le armi per difendere il Tibet dall'invasione cinese, salvo trascorrere il resto dell'esistenza stampando bandierine di preghiera per espiare le violenze commesse; la guardia carceraria del Kerala che ogni anno abbandona per due mesi la sua prigione e diventa un danzatore di "theyyam", ospitando nel proprio corpo una divinità e divenendo così oggetto di venerazione; la monaca giainista che accudisce impassibile l'amica mentre questa si lascia morire ritualmente di inedia per poi scoprire di non poter vivere senza di lei, e decidere quindi di seguirla sulla medesima via. Nove vite vertiginosamente sospese tra fragilità esistenziale e convinzioni incrollabili, che Dalrymple racconta con una prosa tanto vivida quanto misurata, di pregevole qualità letteraria, che contribuisce a fare di questo libro sorprendente qualcosa che non si dimentica.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two. The book won the 1990 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and a Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award; it was also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize.
In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years researching his second book, City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. From the Holy Mountain, his acclaimed study of the demise of Christianity in its Middle Eastern homeland, was awarded the Scottish Arts Council Autumn Book Award for 1997; it was also shortlisted for the 1998 Thomas Cook Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. A collection of his writings about India, The Age of Kali, won the French Prix D’Astrolabe in 2005.
White Mughals was published in 2003, the book won the Wolfson Prize for History 2003, the Scottish Book of the Year Prize, and was shortlisted for the PEN History Award, the Kiryama Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
William Dalrymple is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and is the founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
In 2002 he was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his ‘outstanding contribution to travel literature’. He wrote and presented the television series Stones of the Raj and Indian Journeys, which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. His Radio 4 series on the history of British spirituality and mysticism, The Long Search, won the 2002 Sandford St Martin Prize for Religious Broadcasting and was described by the judges as ‘thrilling in its brilliance... near perfect radio’. In December 2005 his article on the madrasas of Pakistan was awarded the prize for Best Print Article of the Year at the 2005 FPA Media Awards. In June 2006 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of St Andrews “for his services to literature and international relations, to broadcasting and understanding”. In 2007, The Last Moghal won the prestigous Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. In November 2007, William received an Honourary Doctorate of Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Lucknow University “for his outstanding contribution in literature and history”, and in March 2008 won the James Todd Memorial Prize from the Maharana of Udaipur.
William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They now live on a farm outside Delhi.
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