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

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HarperCollins Publishers, May 27, 2010 - History - 240 pages
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Winner of the Crossword Prize for non-fiction, ‘“Curfewed Night’” is a passionate and important book – a brave and brilliant report from a conflict the world has chosen to ignore.' Salman Rushdie

Basharat Peer was a teenager when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir in 1989. Over the following years countless young men, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the Line of Control to train in Pakistani army camps. Peer was sent off to boarding school in Aligarh to keep out of trouble. He finished college and became a journalist in Delhi. But Kashmir – angrier, more violent, more hopeless – was never far away.

In 2003 Peer, now a young journalist, left his job and returned to his homeland. Drawing a harrowing portrait of Kashmir and her people – a mother forced to watch her son hold an exploding bomb, politicians living in refurbished torture chambers, picturesque villages riddled with landmines – this is above all, a story of what it really means to return home – and the discovery that there may not be any redemption in it.

Lyrical, spare, gut wrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a powerful and intensely moving debut, combining the insight of a journalist with the prose of a poet.

'A passionate and important book – a brave and brilliant report from a conflict the world has chosen to ignore.' Salman Rushdie

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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 (2010)

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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