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The Plague Upon Us
Shabir Ahmad Mir

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Aug 25, 2020
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 240
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9789389253382
Price : 550

About the book

'In times like these, truth is perhaps the only justice we can have, the only vengeance we can wreak.'

Blood drips from the pellet-stricken eyes of young Kashmiri men as Oubaid watches insurgency and violence rip through the streets of his homeland. A voice in his head tells him he knows who brought this plague upon them. But acknowledging it would mean that he must relive the horrors that have been inflicted on those he loves...

Yet the voice will not leave Oubaid alone, and as he reluctantly confronts his past, there emerge four echoes of a story, narrated by four childhood friends – a youth caught in conflict, the daughter of a social climber, the son of a moneyed landlord and a militant. As their tales diverge and coalesce, they unravel a truth that is not always the sum of its parts – one that reveals the full tragedy of a people buffeted by circumstance and desperately seeking salvation.

A taut, searing reflection of our times, The Plague upon Us announces the arrival of an arresting new voice in contemporary fiction.


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‘A heartrending story of betrayal, and the loss of love and friendship in times of war. A loose reimagining of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, The Plague upon Us shines a bright light on the unspeakable horrors of the dirty war that has been waged in Kashmir for decades. A superb debut.’ – Mirza Waheed, author of The Collaborator and The Book of Gold Leaves
‘A fierce evocation of the political as well as the existential, The Plague upon Us is an extraordinary and circuitous fable about the dehumanization of Kashmir’ – Feroze Rather, author of The Night of Broken Glass
‘The novel illumines the deeply complex human condition in Kashmir without losing sight of the truth.’ – Siddhartha Gigoo, winner of the Commonwealth Prize
‘A heartrending story of betrayal, and the loss of love and friendship in times of war. A loose reimagining of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, The Plague upon Us shines a bright light on the unspeakable horrors of the dirty war that has been waged in Kashmir for decades. A superb debut.’ – Mirza Waheed, author of The Collaborator and The Book of Gold Leaves
     
Shabir Ahmad Mir
Shabir Ahmad Mir is a writer from Kashmir. This is his first novel.