Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif
Dubbed 'Pakistan's brightest voice', bestselling prize-winning author Mohammed Hannif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti), discusses his highly anticipated new book Red Birds – a powerful novel about war, family and love.
An American pilot crash lands in the desert and takes refuge in the very camp he was supposed to bomb. Hallucinating palm trees and worrying about dehydrating to death isn't what Major Ellie expected from this mission.
Still, it's an improvement on the constant squabbles with his wife back home.
In the camp, teenager Momo's moneymaking schemes are failing. His brother left for his first day at work and never returned, his parents are at each other's throats, his dog is having a very bad day, and an aid worker has shown up wanting to research him for her book on the Teenage Muslim Mind.
Written with his trademark wit and deadpan irony, Red Birds is a moving, irreverent satire telling important truths about the absurdity of war and the impossibility of peace.
Mohammed will be in conversation with award-winning journalist, writer and critic Anita Sethi.
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