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Author Sambuy, Livia Manera, 1958- author.

Title In search of Amrit Kaur : a lost princess and her vanished world / Livia Manera Sambuy ; translated from the Italian by Todd Portnowitz.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Amrit Kaur SAM    Available
 GDL Grandview Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Amrit Kaur SAM    Available
2 copies being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description x, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in 2022 by Feltrinelli, Italy, as Il segreto di Amrit Kaur."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-314) and index.
Contents Glimpses -- Voices -- Road trip -- Louise -- Sapphires of Kashmir -- Goodbyes.
Summary "On a sweltering day in 2007, having just lost her brother to illness, Livia Manera Sambuy finds herself at a museum in Mumbai, enthralled by a 1924 photograph of a stunningly elegant Indian princess. What she reads in the picture's caption will change her life forever. This alluring Punjabi royal had supposedly sold her jewels in occupied wartime Paris to save Jewish lives, only to be arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp, where she died within a year. Could it be true? And if so, how could such a sensational story have gone unreported? Almost against her will, Manera becomes drawn into the mystery of Amrit Kaur. Delving into the history of the British Raj, its durbars and society balls and jubilees, she shows us the precipitous decline of India's royal caste through the lives of extraordinary figures such as Amrit's father, the larger-than-life Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala; the Jewish banker Albert Kahn; and the Russian explorer Nicholas Roerich--all while pursuing the elusive Amrit Kaur's story. When she meets with the princess's eighty-year-old daughter, Manera's search takes on a new dimension, as she strives to reintroduce an orphan to a mother who disappeared in 1933, leaving behind two children, her raja husband, and a legacy of activism in India's nascent women's civil rights movement."--Dust jacket flap.
Language Text in English, translated from the Italian.
Subject Amrit Kaur, Rani of Mandi, 1904-1948.
Princesses -- India -- Biography.
Kapūrthala (India : District) -- Biography.
Mandi (India : District) -- Biography.
Paris (France) -- Biography.
India -- Kings and rulers.
India -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
India -- History -- 20th century.
Sambuy, Livia Manera, 1958- -- Travel.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Travel writing.
Added Author Portnowitz, Todd, 1986- translator.
Added Title Il segreto di Amrit Kaur. English
Lost princess and her vanished world
ISBN 9780374106010 (hardcover)
0374106010 (hardcover)

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