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Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
  

Maximum City

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Now shorlisted for the Guardian First Book prize. The pure density of the work in many ways characterises the city it portrays in a very human story of the vast metropolis. The author grew up in Bombay, left, then returned 21 years later to look at it with fresh eyes. Through the lives of divers inhabitants, he illustrates an extraordinary and frightening place. A very impressive work.

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Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

Bombay's story, told through the lives, often desperately near the edge, of some of the people who live there. The complex texture of these extraordinary tales is threaded together by Suketu Mehta's own history of growing up in Bombay and returning to live there after a 21-year absence. Hitmen, dancing girls, cops, movie stars, poets, beggars and politicians - Suketu looked at the city through their eyes, and in looking found the city within himself.

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Pick of the Week - 'If there's been a more striking snapshot of the changing face of Asia, I've never read it. With energy, wit and endless reserves of empathy, Maximum City leaves you desperate to see Bombay for yourself...
Sunday Times

'... it is Mehta's enthusiastic and intrepid self at the centre of his narrative that lends his account its appeal and memorable poetic charge.'
Observer

'Mehta's extraordinary, and extraordinarily rich book, is both testimony and warning; a snapshot of a city full of vitality and hate.'
The Telegraph

'Combining an insider's knowledge with a visitor's detachment, he prises open the rotten underbelly of the city to expose an unforgettable picture of depravity, greed sectarian strife and corruption. This is a stupendous book'
Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Suketu Mehta
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. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Granta, Harper's Magazine, Time and Conde Nast Traveler. Mehta also co-wrote Mission Kashmir, a Bollywood movie.

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Publication date

5th September 2005

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Suketu Mehta

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
608 pages

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ISBN

9780747259695

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