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I, Phoolan Devi: The Autobiography of India's Bandit Queen

Phoolan Devi

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

Phoolan Devi was born into a poor, low-caste family in Uttar Pradesh, living in a world that gave more respect to a stray dog than to a woman. This is the story of a life characterized by beatings, rapes and humiliation, and the Bandit Queen's road to f

A female Robin Hood, a modern day Count of Monte Cristo - Phoolan Devi, the notorious Bandit Queen of India, has become a living legend.

Enduring cruel poverty and degradation, Phoolan Devi survived the humiliation and horrifying gang rape to claim retribution for herself and all low-caste women of the Indian plains. In a three-year campaign which rocked the government, she delivered justice to rape victims and stole from the rich to give to the poor, before negotiating surrender on her own terms. Throughout her years of imprisonment without trial Phoolan Devi remained a beacon of hope for the poor and downtrodden, and in 1996, admist both popular support and media controversy, she was elected to the Indian Parliament.

For over a decade journalists, biographers and film-makers have found the power and scope of Phoolan Devi's myth irresistible. Now finally she tells the story of her life through her eyes and in her own voice.

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Praise for I, Phoolan Devi: The Autobiography of India's Bandit Queen

  • No reader can fail to be on her side - The Times

  • A stunning tale, and all the more amazing for being true. It will make you cry, it will also make you cheer - Jan Goodwin

  • Vivid and moving ... a remarkable story - Financial Times

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