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Books in brief: ‘Capital’ by Rana Dasgupta

Rana Dasgupta gives the city of Delhi a literary imagining in English

By Anjali Joseph   April 2014

Capital: A Portrait of 21st Century Delhi by Rana Dasgupta (Canongate, £16.99)

Visitors to India’s capital city will be struck by the beauty of the ruins—tombs, forts, water tanks—that spangle the old city. They will also notice the aggression of its inhabitants, who seem to be on a permanent rampage, either to enable their survival or to assert their wealth and power. In Capital, Rana Dasgupta—a fine novelist and short story writer whose Solo won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in 2010—gives the city a literary imagining in English…

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