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A Strange Kind of Paradise

A Strange Kind of Paradise

India Through Foreign Eyes

by Sam Miller

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/06/2015

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From Thomas the Apostle to "Slumdog Millionaire" how we imagine India, from the author of "Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity."
"A Strange Kind of Paradise is" an exploration of India's past and present, from the perspective of a foreigner who has lived in India for many years. Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans -- everyone really, except for Indians themselves -- came to imagine India.
His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to "Slumdog Millionaire." It features, among many others, Thomas the Apostle, the Chinese monk Xuanzang, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Vasco de Gama, Babur, Clive of India, several Victorian pornographers, Mark Twain, E.M. Forster, Allen Ginsberg, the Beatles and Steve Jobs. Interspersed between these tales is the story of Sam Miller's own 25-year-long love affair with India.
The resulting is a spellbinding, 2,500-year-long journey through Indian history, culture and society, in the company of an author who informs, educates and entertains in equal measure, as he travels in the footsteps of foreign chroniclers, exposes some of their fabulous fantasies and overturns long-held stereotypes about race, identity and migration. At once scholarly and thought-provoking, delightfully eccentric and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is destined to become a much-loved classic."
ISBN:
9780099555865
9780099555865
Category:
Travel writing
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-06-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
200x130x30mm
Weight:
0.35kg

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