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Bookless in Baghdad

(2005)
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"This amalgam of essay, literary criticism, and memoir blends into a tribute to the world of books," from the acclaimed Indian writer (Chicago Tribune).

Born in London, and raised in Bombay and Calcutta, Shashi Tharoor was eleven years old when "an otherwise detestable teacher" dictated a passage from P. G. Wodehouse as a spelling test. It launched his first great passion: reading. In this illuminating collection of essays, the award-winning author, columnist, and former international diplomat, explores the many books that informed his life and literary identity.

Tharoor tells of a childhood juggling Lamb's Tales of Shakespeare with Archie comics. He delivers a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, explains his desire to rewrite Rudyard Kipling's "overpraised" Kim as an act of postcolonial revenge, and discusses the influence of the Mahabharata, the two-thousand-year-old Indian epic poem, on his own Great Indian Novel.

His astute views on Salman Rushdie, Aesop's Fables, Aleksandr Pushkin, John le Carre, V. S. Naipaul, and Winston S. Churchill make for fascinating reading, as does his criticisms of American illiteracy and the steep price Iraqis pay just to obtain a book. In addition, his insightful takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will enlighten even the most knowledgeable cinephile. Together, these forty pieces reveal the inner workings of one of today's most eclectic writers.



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July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers
Author(s): Shashi Tharoor
ISBN: 1-55970-757-7 / 978-1-55970-757-2 (USA edition)
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January 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bookless in Bagdad
Author(s): Shashi Tharoor
ISBN: 0-670-05820-3 / 978-0-670-05820-4 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers
Author(s): Shashi Tharoor
ISBN: 1-61145-125-6 / 978-1-61145-125-2 (USA edition)
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October 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers
Author(s): Shashi Tharoor
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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