And our first title released for Mini Book Expo 2008 is...
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
Courtesy of RandomHouse.ca
[from Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008]: On August 17, 1988, Pak One, the airplane carrying Pakistani dictator General Zia and several top generals, crashed, killing all on board --and despite continued investigation, a smoking gun--mechanical or conspiratorial--has yet to be found. Mohammed Hanif's outrageous debut novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, tracks at least two (and as many as a half-dozen) assassination vectors to their convergence in the plane crash, incorporating elements as diverse as venom-tipped sabers, poison gas, the curses of a scorned First Lady, and a crow impaired by an overindulgence of ripe mangoes...
Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?
Here are the facts:
- A military dictator reads the Quran every morning as if it was his daily horoscope.
- Under Officer Ali Shigri carries a deadly message on the tip of his sword.
- His friend Obaid answers all life’s questions with a splash of eau de cologne and a quote from Rilke.
- A crow has crossed the Pakistani border illegally.
As young Shigri moves from a mosque hall to his military barracks before ending up in a Mughal dungeon, there are questions that haunt him: What does it mean to betray someone and still love them? How many names does Allah really have? Who killed his father, Colonel Shigri? Who will kill his killers? And where the hell has Obaid disappeared to?
About the Author
Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. After leaving the Pakistan Air Force Academy to pursue a career in journalism, he worked for Newsline, India Today, and The Washington Post. He has written plays for the stage and screen, including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and the feature film The Long Night. Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme. He is currently head of BBC’s Urdu Service and lives in London.
2 Copies AvailableAll copies have been claimed
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bond Street Books (May 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0385665025
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