Author(s): Mohammed Hanif
There is an ancient saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the worldÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs sturdiest plane, carrying PakistanÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988s Was it because of: 1.Mechanical failure
3.The CIAÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs impatience
4.A blind womanÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs curse
5.Generals not happy with their pension plans
6.The mango season.
Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigria Here are the facts: A military dictator reads the Quran every morning as if it was his daily horoscope. Under Officer Ali Shigri carries a deadly message on the tip of his sword. His friend Obaid answers all lifeÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs questions with a splash of eau de cologne and a quote from Rilke. A crow has crossed the Pakistani border illegally. As young Shigri moves from a mosque hall to his military barracks before ending up in a Mughal dungeon, there are questions that haunt him: What does it mean to betray someone and still love them How many names does Allah really havee Who killed his father, Colonel Shigri Who will kill his killerse And where the hell has Obaid disappeared toe
Teasing, provocative, and very funny, Mohammed HanifÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs debut novel takes one of the subcontinentÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs enduring mysteries and out if it spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggarÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs dream.
Winner of Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book Eurasia 2009 and Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book 2009. Shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award 2008.
Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan, in 1965. He graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer, but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He has written plays for the stage and BBC radio, and his film The Long Night has been shown at film festivals around the world. He is a graduate of UEA's creative writing programme. He is currently head of the BBC's Urdu Service and lives in London.