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Retrieved from ” https: Inspired by Your Browsing History. He has taken territory in desperate need of satire—General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war—and made it undeniably his own.

The third-person chapters were better, and I did get drawn into the final section, when it was a race to see who and what the author used to finally assassinate General Zia. My first by a Pakistani writer.

His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and The death of the dictator of Pakistan General Zia alongside all his high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened. Hanif exposes generals for the power-hungry monsters they become after enthroning themselves.

Subscribe to our newsletter. He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book and infested with worms by the end. Nonetheless, A Case of Exploding Mangoes has a dark side to it. He was committed to enforcing his interpretation of Nizam-e-Mustafa “Rule of the prophet” Muhammadi. The ISI with its government agent systems and the measure of financing makes General Akhtar an exceptionally well off and hazardous man.

Military aircraft stunts provide gizmo glamour Hanif is a trained airforce pilot.

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Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow. In the end, what we get is a story about a few bad men rather than a far-reaching and complicated political alliance whose global legacy shapes our lives. The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer. There were other inconsistencies and Pakistani-English-isms.


Its importance is that it fills in a crucial historical period in Pakistan’s history and the history of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Occupa Having read a review of this book in the NYT, we promptly purchased it. I don’t think that Hanif is a particularly good writer.

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Inhe moved to London to work for the BBC. I want to know where the story goes as I am lead there by the explocing, not because I am entirely riveted by the story itself. There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from June Articles with permanently dead external links Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images mmangoes Wikidata.

Next time, I think I will just order the illegal stuff the author is consuming, and not his book.

But it is the humour and comical turns that make this a good read – the scene when Gen Zia requires a meeting with a doctor to asceertain the reason for a “private” itch, at the party when the CIA chief puts his hand on the shoulder of the attendee simply called OBL!

Perhaps we want some places to function as ciphers – blighted landscapes of fundamentalism, despotism, un-freedom, mirrors to our satisfied sense of manyoes.

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My thought straight away was, “You’ve bloody done it again”. Crisply written, the book takes the reader on a fast ride from the air force academy to an ISI prison where Ali Shigri is briefly incarcerated. A Case of Exploding Mangoes [1] is an award-winning critically acclaimed [2] comic novel by the Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif based on the plane crash that killed General Muhammad Zia ul-Haqformer president of Pakistan.


There’s only one problem: It’s full of those little surprises and shocks a growing child gets to see everyday; before he has the ability to distinguish them as good or bad.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

We are experiencing technical difficulties. May 06, Pages Buy. Jordan and the influx of refugees The true Samaritans. Sep 15, 4triplezed rated it really exploing it Shelves: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. What they don’t know Roses are red. If someone does, do let me know. A comic novel on the partition of East Pakistan Bangladesh from Pakistan inin first person narration by a gay Pakistani Air Force officer. Or was it an explosive planted in the mangoes by the All Majgoes Sweepers Association in revenge for explodinf death of their general-secretary at the hands of Major Kiyani?

Upon his arrival back at the Pakistani Air Force Academy, he learns that he has been chosen as part of the squad that will perform a silent drill salute for General Zia. This crash also killed the American ambassador to Pakistan. It is about the army – I think. The author has created inventive ways to kill the General, some doomed to failure, but some which are successful.

Is this also Pakistan? Maybe that was part of the Satire, squeezing the country down to be so small. Read it and share your exploing with me. What is truth then? Set during the time of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, there’s even a visit from a shady character who goes by the initials of OBL, the head of Laden Construction Company during the course of a somewhat garish barbeque party given explodnig the Americans for a fourth of July.