Publisher description for City of Djinns : a year of Delhi / William Dalrymple ; illustrations by Olivia Fraser.


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Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city-today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Delhi (India) -- Description and travel.
Delhi (India) -- Social life and customs.
India -- History.