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The Half Mother : A Novel
Shahnaz Bashir

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Jun 15, 2014
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 192
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789350097885
Price : 295

About the book

'The night is tired now,

the old moon, hanging in the dark sky,

is tired too'?

It is the 1990s, and Kashmir's long war has begun to claim its first victims. Among them are Ghulam Rasool Joo, Haleema's father, and her teenage son Imran, who is picked up by the authorities only to disappear into the void of Kashmir's missing people.

The Half Mother is the story of Haleema - a mother and a daughter yesterday, a 'half mother' and an orphan today; tormented by not knowing whether Imran is dead or alive, torn apart by her own lonely existence. While she battles for answers and seeks out torture camps, jails and morgues for any signs of Imran, Kashmir burns in a war that will haunt it for years to come.

Heart-wrenching, deeply troubling and lyrical, The Half Mother marks the debut of a bold new voice from Kashmir.

 


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Shahnaz Bashir

Shahnaz Bashir was born and brought up in Kashmir. His essay, 'A Crackdown in Natipora', was anthologized in Of Occupation and Resistance - Writings from Kashmir (Tranquebar 2013). He was h...(+)