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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

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Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers (2012) follows the lives and aspirations of residents of Annawadi, one of Mumbai’s many densely inhabited slums. Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, spent three years visiting and researching Annawadi, which was located near the Mumbai airport but hidden from travelers’ view by a wall advertising Italian floor tiles that purportedly stayed “beautiful forever.” The story of Annawadi sheds a light on how poverty and precarity beget corruption, and how the need to survive often entails a curbing of morality...

Book Cover for "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

PREVIEW

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers (2012) follows the lives and aspirations of residents of Annawadi, one of Mumbai’s many densely inhabited slums. Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, spent three years visiting and researching Annawadi, which was located near the Mumbai airport but hidden from travelers’ view by a wall advertising Italian floor tiles that purportedly stayed “beautiful forever.” The story of Annawadi sheds a light on how poverty and precarity beget corruption, and how the need to survive often entails a curbing of morality...