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Between the Assassinations

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Publisher: Free Press

3.4
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 339 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) Italian

Isbn-10: 1439152926 | Isbn-13: 9781439152928 | Publish date: 

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Category: Fiction & Literature

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  • 1

    Was it an experiment?

    Hard in the language (at least for me his english was not easy at all), hard in the rhythms, hard in the beginnigns and in the endings. Where are his final considerations then? If he wanted to harshly show a harsh world, there are other means (documentaries, photos, etc. etc.). Did he want to giv ...continue

    Hard in the language (at least for me his english was not easy at all), hard in the rhythms, hard in the beginnigns and in the endings. Where are his final considerations then? If he wanted to harshly show a harsh world, there are other means (documentaries, photos, etc. etc.). Did he want to give voice to those-who-cannot-express-themselves because victims of the whole indian system? Why did not he take some lines more to better explain everything? It was hard to follow, hard to get; it was restarted and left more than few times. Moreover short stories aren't my favourite. I was expecting much more. What saves him is the accuracy with the harsh everyday unconsidered indian reality; that is pretty realiable; a reality that crushes on the majority of the indian people. It seems to me it was a unsuccessfull experiment: i.e. the organizational structure is potentially interesting but it fails.

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  • 3

    White Tiger is better

    The White Tiger is just sooooo good so I feel a bit disappointed at this but then it's hard to compare because this book is not a long story. It consists of many short stories that are not meant to be developed like the White Tiger... oh well...

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  • 4

    Ho preferito il suo romanzo d'esordio "La tigre bianca" (che consiglio spassionatamente), ma anche queste 12 storie che nell'arco di 7 anni si sfiorano regalandoci un ritratto toccante e tangibile di un grande paese come l'India lascia il segno.

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  • 4

    The title “Between the Assassinations” refers to the period between the murders of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The stories are set in a fictitious town, Kittur, which represents any Indian town. Each chapter is introduced by the description of an area of the city, as in a t ...continue

    The title “Between the Assassinations” refers to the period between the murders of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The stories are set in a fictitious town, Kittur, which represents any Indian town. Each chapter is introduced by the description of an area of the city, as in a tourist guide. The picture of India created by the novel is appalling from two points of view. On one hand, in fact, you realise how little we know and understand of India. All we know is the tourist bit, or what we have read of the little world we have access to, the world of the traditionally richer higher castes, and now the world of new technological India. But what do we know of the lower castes? I wasn’t even able to find any information of the Internet. Even in Wikipedia they speak of the higher castes, and then mention the fact that lower castes exist. And what do we know of the way these people live? They were excluded by Indian social life, and wilfully ignored as untouchable. We know nothing of the way they live even now. On the other hand the stories told leave no scope for hope. These people are born miserable and they have no chance whatsoever to improve their condition – rather, they can go worse any time. One of the characters says something that summarises the core of this book: “You know what the biggest difference is, between being rich and being like us? The rich can make mistakes again and again. We make only one mistake and that’s it for us.” Terrible, but absolutely worth reading.

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  • 3

    Con questi brevi racconti ambientati tra il 1984 e il 1991 Adiga costruisce una guida turistica alternativa e disincantata all’immaginaria città indiana di Kittur, “strano miscuglio di straordinaria bellezza e di luridume” - il secondo elemento per la verità prevale sulla prima - e polverizza id ...continue

    Con questi brevi racconti ambientati tra il 1984 e il 1991 Adiga costruisce una guida turistica alternativa e disincantata all’immaginaria città indiana di Kittur, “strano miscuglio di straordinaria bellezza e di luridume” - il secondo elemento per la verità prevale sulla prima - e polverizza idealizzazioni, esotismi e magie spesso associati all’India nelle guide tradizionali e nella narrativa. Ogni luogo citato nella “vera” guida turistica a Kittur, i cui estratti fungono da intermezzo e contrappunto con i racconti, è reso teatro di vicende che mostrano l’ ingiustizia, la corruzione e le tensioni sociali (tra caste, tra religioni diverse) che corrono nella società. Protagonisti sono in maggioranza personaggi marginali quali venditori di libri fotocopiati o di rimedi da ciarlatani, gente che si lancia a campare miseramente tra vari mestieri, senza nessuna rete di sicurezza, a cui basta un unico errore per portare la vita intera alla rovina, le cui aspirazioni rimagono intrappolate tra cose che non hanno detto di sì e cose a cui non si sa dire di no. Quadro deprimente dove non arriva lo scatto di ribellione violenta di La Tigre Bianca a rompere la rassegnazione dominante.

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  • 3

    Alcuni racconti molto belli, altri meno, per descrivere l'India di oggi con le sue antiche contraddizioni e moderni problemi. Tre stelle perchè, nonostante sia ben scritto, il tempo dei racconti non mi è molto congeniale.

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  • 5

    在這本書裡,市井小民的粗鄙卑劣是無法被苛責!

    這本書看了讓人心情不得不低落啊!14個短篇故事,每一個故事都沒有令人可以期待的光明未來,除了印度種種的亂象外,更多的是令人不堪的人性陰暗醜陋面,在貪官、污吏、富豪、地紳的強取掠奪下,如何填飽肚子成為小老百姓活下去的唯一所求時,原始人性的顯露是令人不忍苛責的(所以更讓人心痛)。作者藉由這本書表露其對印度改革的殷切期盼,其熱切之心更勝於《白老虎》裡所呈現的『愛之深,責之切』的深沉疼惜!


    Between the Assassinations 指的是1984年及1991年Indira Gandhi(英迪拉甘地,印度總理尼赫魯的女兒,和聖雄甘地沒有關係)和Rajiv Gandhi(拉 ...continue

    這本書看了讓人心情不得不低落啊!14個短篇故事,每一個故事都沒有令人可以期待的光明未來,除了印度種種的亂象外,更多的是令人不堪的人性陰暗醜陋面,在貪官、污吏、富豪、地紳的強取掠奪下,如何填飽肚子成為小老百姓活下去的唯一所求時,原始人性的顯露是令人不忍苛責的(所以更讓人心痛)。作者藉由這本書表露其對印度改革的殷切期盼,其熱切之心更勝於《白老虎》裡所呈現的『愛之深,責之切』的深沉疼惜!

    Between the Assassinations 指的是1984年及1991年Indira Gandhi(英迪拉甘地,印度總理尼赫魯的女兒,和聖雄甘地沒有關係)和Rajiv Gandhi(拉吉夫甘地,英迪拉甘地之子)分別在總理任上被暗殺。

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  • 2

    Storie tristissime di sfortuna e povertà in India. Senza speranza. E poi non c'è niente da fare, i brevi racconti non mi danno soddisfazione!

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