A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

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A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

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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 January 1, 2008 by Alfred A. Knopf; A Borzoi Book.
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Journalist Hanif's first novel is a darkly witty imagining of the circumstances surrounding the mysterious plane crash that killed Pakistan's military ruler, General Zia, in August 1988.

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by by Mohammed Hanif, read by Paul Bhattacharjee Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Hanif's debut novel, shortlisted for the Gua...

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif, read by Paul Bhattacharjee Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop In August 1988, the plane carrying Pakistan's mi...

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop In Hanif's robust satire, Osama bin Laden idles hopeful...

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop In 1988, General Zia's project of conservative reform i...

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Though its historical context is that pivotal moment when Reagan's US brought together religion and arms to fight its Soviet foe in Afghanistan, it offers few insights into what that disastrous intervention - which included the creation of the Taliban - has meant for Pakistan and its people.

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Pakistan's ongoing political turmoil adds a piquant edge to this fact-based farce spun from the mysterious 1988 plane crash that killed General Zia, the dictator who toppled Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, father of recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto.

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From its depiction of Saudi Princes with private doctors dedicated to the care of their privates, the marriage of convenience between the US and Pakistan, how to adjudicate rape cases under supposed Muslim law (the woman must be a virgin, there has to be at least four men involved for it to be ra...

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For their role in allowing the Americans to use Pakistan as their staging ground for funding the insurrection, President Zia and his chief of staff have gone to the top of the charts as the top ten bulwarks against Communist expansion in the free world.

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Suite 101

A love story set in the Punjab in the early 1800s, but with some very modern themes regarding identity, religious understanding and personal loyalties.

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NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars"Certainly, this novel doesn’t have the sustained black anger of Catch-22, a book that … seemed to have been ‘shouted onto paper.’ But there are shocking scenes in Hanif’s novel, and the shock they deliver is greater because they occur as interludes to the comedy."

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Spectator Book Club

Hanif tinkers with the date of TM’s death — in order to allow President Zia to witness it — and pruriently enters into the brigadier’s mind in the seconds before his death.

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