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Rana Dasgupta: Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi (in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas)

Friday 14th March 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Chargeable Event

At the turn of the twenty-first century, acclaimed novelist Rana Dasgupta arrived in Delhi with a single suitcase. He had no intention of staying for long. But the city beguiled him - he 'fell in love and in hate with it' - and14 years later, Delhi is still his home.

Fourteen years of break-neck change. The boom following the opening up of India's economy plunged Delhi into a tumult of destruction and creation: slums and markets were ripped down, and shopping malls and apartment blocks erupted from the ruins. But the transformation was stern, abrupt and fantastically unequal, and it gave rise to strange and bewildering feelings. The city brimmed with ambition and rage. Bizarre crimes stole the headlines.

In his new book, Capital, Dasgupta presents Delhi through the eyes of its people. With the lyricism and empathy of a novelist, he takes us through a series of encounters - with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug dealers and metal traders, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts - which plunge us into Delhi's intoxicating, and sometimes terrifying, story of capitalist transformation. Interweaving over a century of history with his personal journey, he presents us with the first literary portrait of one of the twenty-first century's fastest-growing megalopolises - a dark and uncanny portrait that gives us insights, too, as to the nature of our own - everyone's - shared, global future.

BFOI logoTickets: £4.00 (including VAT). To book online, please click here.
Tickets also for sale at the store. Ticket entitles you to money off in Foyles at Cabot Circus - show it at the till to get a discount on featured titles on the night of the event, plus use it for 15% off all in store purchases for a month afterwards.

 

Author photo © Nina Subin

 

 

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