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Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of William Dalrymple. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Wolfson Prize for History, the. William Dalrymple is the author of several highly acclaimed books including In Xanadu, The The city of djinns is Delhi and Dalrymple reveals it like a Dance. owmogeslede.tkple. July 28 - AuVust 2, . book one is filled with indignation, although the book can in no way can be accused of being a diatribe, being for the .

The Last Mughal

The same limits apply to travel writing as a genre, limits to which Dalrymple himself has referred on more than one occasion. Some writing of this kind goes alongside, and has developed in conjunction with, phenomena such as deep-mapping or liter- ary cartography. In her discussion she refers also to In Xanadu ibid. Dalrymple himself has advocated the concept of place as a solution to the conundrum posed by the limits of conventional travel writing.

There are many episodes that could be mentioned to illustrate the way in which geography and history inter-relate in this work. The episode begins with the confident assertion that [t]he Red Fort is to Delhi what the Colosseum is to Rome or the Acropolis is to Athens: it is the single most famous monument in the city. Macfarlane is perhaps best known for The Old Ways Macfarlane [] , the third and final book in a loose trilogy of works about landscape and the imagination.

There is, however, greater sympathy in evidence, not least because Dalrymple and his wife make an effort to learn Hindi.

The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857

This brief episode certainly casts the British non-native speakers in the best possible light. You are speaking Hindi!

There may be few places left in the world that remain undocumented, and little factual information that a basic internet search cannot reveal, but what makes the difference as far as much travel writing is concerned is no longer the difficulty of the journey itself so much as the intensity of the gazing.

There is, however, a definite turn towards life writing in his work, which may be traced to the publication of Nine Lives in This shift in empha- sis results in a change in literary form, with a movement away from the first-person narrative of the travelogue to something closer to reportage, in which much of the time the characters are apparently allowed to speak for themselves.

On the one hand, we have the illiterate singer of a popular Rajasthani epic, delivered in Mewari, with whom Dalrymple travels to hear him perform in his home village; on the other, a narrator who is at pains to point out that he first came to hear about the phenomenon of oral Indian epics while staying at a fort outside Jodhpur where Bruce Chatwin had written The Songlines ibid.

The differences in register should also theoretically be compounded by linguistic issues. It is likely that Mohan and his wife Batasi, as well as most of the other characters given a voice in the story, were non-English speakers. Youngs , But the narrato- rial presence is clear from a couple of instances where English explana- tions for such terms are included. The main narrative is the jour- ney which Dalrymple makes with Mohan and his wife to their village of Pabusar.

Indeed, it is not immediately obvious where one historical episode ends and the other begins. This is not to suggest that Dalrymple has anything other than profound respect and admiration for his subjects.

Differences, however, there still are. In City of Djinns, for example, the historical dimension is presented as a consequence of the geographical, but is no less an important part of the work for this reason. The Last Mughal, by contrast, would initially appear to be most easily categorized as either life writing or narrative history, or possibly both.

Yet in the intro- duction the author states clearly that [a]lthough Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal, is a central figure in this book, it is not a biography of Zafar so much as a portrait of the Delhi he personified, a narrative of the last days of the Mughal capital and its final destruction in the catastrophe of In this sense the closest counterpart to The Last Mughal would be City of Djinns, not the other two narrative history volumes, and there is indeed substantial continuity between the two works.

This is especially marked in a series of passages quoted almost verbatim. With respect to the latter, in the most recent work in particular we find various chapters with proleptic endings, a simple enough technique which serves to encourage the reader to keep turning the pages. What makes his research original is the fact that his sources are unpublished, either because they have been undiscovered or have not yet been translated.

His earliest work and his travel writing in particular, we have noted, served to introduce foreign realities to a domestic readership. His historical writ- ing, by contrast, focuses more on international relations, showing how East and West have interacted successfully and unsuccessfully over the centuries, with a view to promoting those attitudes, stances and policies which have facilitated harmonious coexistence, and counteracting those which assume that a clash of civilizations is inevitable.

With the exception of an essay published in The New York Review of Books in Dalrymple b , which is largely an overview, the author mostly sidesteps the political debate in Indian historiography between Hindu nationalist and non-Hindu readings. Corinne Fowler, in her account of travel writing, journalism and British ideas on Afghanistan, 16 Dalrymple describes on p.

The reading of history advocated by this work, though, is uncompli- catedly circular: the past is to be read, according to Dalrymple, as a simple allegory of the present, its lessons to be learnt in order to prevent the same mistakes from being repeated. The parallels between historical precedent and current experience are spelt out even more clearly in the essay he deliv- ered to the Brookings Institute on relations between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in , on which he subsequently briefed the White House personally Dalrymple b.

This trans- formation is mirrored by the change in his narrative technique. Dalrym- ple, as he himself has said, has sought increasingly to move away from the first-person narrator as the main protagonist of his works.

White Mughals

This choice, indeed, has been one of the main factors in his progression from travel and place writing to life writing and ultimately narrative history. The shift towards ostensibly more objective forms of writing, allied to the discovery of what we might term a sense of mission in seeking to advocate peace- ful and harmonious interaction between East and West, have combined to help Dalrymple not to overindulge in the kinds of elitism which have tended to characterize so much English-language travel writing including his own to begin with.

It is this moral imperative which accounts for his appeal to, and success with, the mass market, and explains why his services as guest lecturer should be in demand from tour companies looking to entertain their customers by educating them. In this sense we may say that he himself is the main protagonist of his writings, and that despite everything, the first- person narrative form proves to be even more resilient than might have been anticipated.

Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

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Pass it on! The reading of history advocated by this work, though, is uncompli- catedly circular: The parallels between historical precedent and current experience are spelt out even more clearly in the essay he deliv- ered to the Brookings Institute on relations between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in , on which he subsequently briefed the White House personally Dalrymple b.

This trans- formation is mirrored by the change in his narrative technique. Dalrym- ple, as he himself has said, has sought increasingly to move away from the first-person narrator as the main protagonist of his works.

This choice, indeed, has been one of the main factors in his progression from travel and place writing to life writing and ultimately narrative history.

The shift towards ostensibly more objective forms of writing, allied to the discovery of what we might term a sense of mission in seeking to advocate peace- ful and harmonious interaction between East and West, have combined to help Dalrymple not to overindulge in the kinds of elitism which have tended to characterize so much English-language travel writing including his own to begin with. It is this moral imperative which accounts for his appeal to, and success with, the mass market, and explains why his services as guest lecturer should be in demand from tour companies looking to entertain their customers by educating them.

In this sense we may say that he himself is the main protagonist of his writings, and that despite everything, the first- person narrative form proves to be even more resilient than might have been anticipated. In Constructing Cultures: Multilingual Matters. Boorstin, Daniel. In The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, Reprint, New York: Byron, Robert. The Road to Oxiana. Reprint, London: Chatwin, Bruce. Anatomy of Restlessness: Cronin, Michael. Across the Lines: Travel Language Translation.

Cork University Press. Dalrymple, William. In Xanadu: A Quest. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi. From the Holy Mountain.

Fla- mingo. The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters. White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India.

Nine Lives

Harper Perennial. Common Knowledge 11 3: The Last Mughal: The Eclipse of a Dynasty, Delhi The Telegraph, October 7.

The Guardian, September Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan. A Deadly Triangle: Fowler, Corinne. Chasing Tales: Amsterdam - New York: Hartley, L. The Go-Between. Studies in Travel Writing 16 2: Leigh Fermor, Patrick. A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube. John Murray.

Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople.There are, of course, many similarities between the two genres. Mishra, Pankaj. Sometimes his discoveries, as presented in the narrative at least, appear implausibly for- tuitous: This shift in empha- sis results in a change in literary form, with a movement away from the first-person narrative of the travelogue to something closer to reportage, in which much of the time the characters are apparently allowed to speak for themselves.

Skip to main content. It is this moral imperative which accounts for his appeal to, and success with, the mass market, and explains why his services as guest lecturer should be in demand from tour companies looking to entertain their customers by educating them. The Go-Between.

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