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A case of exploding mangoes, Mohammed Hanif

Label
A case of exploding mangoes
Title
A case of exploding mangoes
Statement of responsibility
Mohammed Hanif
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A novel that reimagines the conspiracies and coincidences leading to the mysterious 1988 plane crash that killed Pakistan's dictator General Zia ul-Haq." "At the centre is Ali Shigri: Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of Fury Squadron. His father, one of Zia's colonels, committed suicide under suspicious circumstances. Ali is determined to understand what or who pushed his father to such desperation - and to avenge his death." "What he quickly discovers is a snarl of events: Americans in Pakistan, Soviets in Afghanistan, dollars in every hand. But Ali remains patient, determined, a touch world-weary ("You want freedom and they give you chicken korma"), and unsurprised at finding Zia at every turn. He mounts an elaborate plot for revenge with an ever-changing crew: his silk-underwear-and-cologne-wearing roommate; a hash-smoking American lieutenant with questionable motives; the chief of Pakistan's secret police, who mistakenly believes he's in cahoots with the CIA; a blind woman imprisoned for fornication; Uncle Starchy, the squadron's laundryman; and, not least of all, a mango-besotted crow. General Zia - devout Muslim and leering admirer of non-Muslim cleavage - begins every day by asking his chief of security: "Who's trying to kill me?" The answer lies in a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen..." "Intrigue and subterfuge combine with misstep and luck in this darkly comic book about love, betrayal, tyranny, family - and a world that unexpectedly resembles our own."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Junior Officer Ali Shigri of the Pakistan Air Force, the son of Colonel Quli Shigri, who had been one of General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq's right-hand men prior to his suicide, struggles to unravel the secrets and motives that led to his father's death
Award
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, 2009.
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South Asia and Europe: Best First Book, 2009.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
257274
Cataloging source
Nz
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hanif, Mohammed
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zia-ul-Haq, Mohammad
  • Dictatorship
  • Aircraft accidents
Target audience
adult
Label
A case of exploding mangoes, Mohammed Hanif
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000043159343
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
297 p.
Isbn
9780224082044
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
A case of exploding mangoes, Mohammed Hanif
Publication
Control code
000043159343
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
297 p.
Isbn
9780224082044
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

Library Locations

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