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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

A Play

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare
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A stage adaptation of Katherine Boo's National Book Award-winning study of life in a Mumbai slum

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, Annawadi, full of people with plans of their own.
Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he's as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government antipoverty funds to turn herself into a "first-class person," while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum's first female graduate.
But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.
For Behind the Beautiful Forevers, journalist Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux; October 2015
ISBN 9780374714093
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Title: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Author: David Hare
 
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