City of Djinns

A Year in Delhi

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William Dalrymple: City of Djinns (2003, Penguin Books)

350 pages

English language

Published April 4, 2003 by Penguin Books.

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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.

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  • Delhi (India) -- Description and travel
  • Delhi (India) -- Social life and customs
  • India -- History