A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

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Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission to avenge his father's suspicious death, which the government calls a suicide.Ali's target is none other than General Zia ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistani. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. There's only one problem: the line of would-be Zia assassins is longer than he could have possibly known.


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About Mohammed Hanif

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Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. His first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel. He was the head of the BBC Urdu Service in London and now works as their special correspondent based in Karachi.
 
Published May 6, 2008 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction

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Who killed General Zia of Pakistan? A novel revisits the question.

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The Guardian

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How did you come to write a novel about the Pakistan of General Zia?.

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A refreshing antidote to today's omnipresent War On Terror rhetoric.

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... BOOK REVIEW: A Case of Exploding Mangoes ... Set in the last years of Zia's
regime in Pakistan, Mr Hanif's book gives a fictional account of ...

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