`Could you show me a djinn?' I asked. `Certainly,' replied the Sufi. `But you would run away.'From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize shortlisted `The Return of a King', this is William Dalrymple's captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns.
Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters - from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj - William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately.He pursues Delhi's interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem.`City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 15 b/w illus
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 11/04/1994
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780006375951