Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir

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HarperPress, 2011 - Ethnic conflict - 223 pages
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"Curfewed Night" is a brave and unforgettable piece of literary reporting that reveals the personal stories behind one of the most brutal conflicts in modern times. Since 1989, when the separatist movement exploded, more than seventy thousand people have been killed in the battle between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Born and raised in the war-torn region, Basharat Peer brings this little-known part of the world to life in haunting, vivid detail.

Peer tells stories from his youth and gives gut-wrenching accounts of the many Kashmiris he met years later as a reporter. He chronicles a young man's initiation into a Pakistani training camp, a mother forced to watch her son hold an exploding bomb by Indian troops, a poet finding religion when his entire family is killed. He writes about politicians living in refurbished torture chambers, idyllic villages rigged with land mines, and ancient Sufi shrines decimated in bomb blasts.

"Curfewed Night" is a tale of a man's love for his land, the pain of leaving home, and the joy of return -- as well as a fierce and moving piece of reportage from an intrepid young journalist.

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A well written tome about the tragic state of affairs in the Author's home state of Kashmir. One thing that stands out is the plethora of opportunities available for personal advancement through ... Read full review

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The author grew up in Kashmir and was a schoolboy when the insurgency demanding independence broke out in the late 80s. As he grows up things go from bad to worse and eventually he is lucky enough to ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in 1977. He studied political science at Aligarh Muslim University and journalism at Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka and has written for various publications including the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman and Foreign Affairs, where he was assistant editor. He is currently based in New York.

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