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The Beautiful And The Damned by Siddhartha Deb.. India is so complex and changing so quickly, she will hardly stand still for a book. But these five portraits get at what is amazing and troublesome with this emerging global power with beautiful precision.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The transformation of India has wrecked the lives of her farmers, has stoked people’s appetites for money and power and has ripped open fresh gulfs of inequity between her rich and her poor. But there is a nuance to even the direst of Deb’s pessimisms — an acknowledgment that India’s lives are newly precarious precisely because they could swing either the way of opportunity or the way of ruin."

The New York Times

"These stories are sometimes droll and always have at least a tinge of tragedy. Deb impressively chronicles the dichotomies that exist within India while keeping the narrative intensely personal."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Siddhartha Deb was born in northeastern India in 1970. His first novel, The Point of Return, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His reviews and journalism have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Guardian, The Nation, the New Statesman, and the Times Literary Supplement. He came to New York on a literary fellowship in 1998, and now divides his time between India and New York. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (253 pp. Fitzgeraldian: Kindle/Print editions)

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