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An ambiguous journey to the city : the village and other odd ruins of the self in the Indian imagination /

by Nandy, Ashis.
Published by : Oxford University Press, (New Delhi :) Physical details: xiii, 146 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN:9780195652420 (hbk.); 0195652428 (hbk.). Year: 2001
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. The Journey to the Past as a Journey into the Self: The Remembered Village and the Poisoned City -- 2. The City as the Invitation to an Antique Death: Pramathesh Chandra Barua and the Origins of the Terribly Effeminate, Maudlin, Self-destructive Heroes of Indian Cinema -- 3. The Journey to the Village as a Journey to the Centre of the Self: Mrinal Sen's Search for a Radical Cinema -- 4. The Invisible Holocaust and the Journey as an Exodus: The Poisoned Village and the Stranger City.

"The 'journey' as a metaphor for life - intellectual, emotional and spiritual - has been a favourite of philosophers, scholars, and mystics in South Asia for centuries. In this book, Ashis Nandy is concerned with a particular, apparently territorial, journey - one that uses the opposition between the village and the city as its pivot. He argues that over the past hundred years, certain core concerns and anxieties of Indian civilization have come to be reflected in the journey between the city and the village. He also contends that the decline of the village in the creative imagination of Indians in recent decades has altered the meaning of this journey drastically."--BOOK JACKET.

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