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Blasphemy: The Trial of Danesh Masih

Shortlisted | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Blasphemy: The Trial of Danesh Masih

A Christian boy in Pakistan is accused of blasphemy―a crime punishable by death. Haunted by a tragic past, a young lawyer named sikander ghaznavi returns to Pakistan after many years abroad, and takes on the defence of the boy. He reaches out to the sharpest human rights lawyer he knows―the woman he has loved for years, but now another man's wife. As they deal with their unresolved feelings, the lawyers confront a corrupt system, a town turned against them, and a prophecy that predicts their death. Will they save the boy? Or will the city of quetta, its prejudice inflamed by religious extremists, consume them and deliver them to a deadly fate?.

Full Title: Blasphemy: The Trial of Danesh Masih

Author: Osman Haneef
Publisher: Readomania

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

A Christian boy in Pakistan is accused of blasphemy―a crime punishable by death. Haunted by a tragic past, a young lawyer named sikander ghaznavi returns to Pakistan after many years abroad, and takes on the defence of the boy. He reaches out to the sharpest human rights lawyer he knows―the woman he has loved for years, but now another man's wife. As they deal with their unresolved feelings, the lawyers confront a corrupt system, a town turned against them, and a prophecy that predicts their death. Will they save the boy? Or will the city of quetta, its prejudice inflamed by religious extremists, consume them and deliver them to a deadly fate?.


About the Author: 

Osman Haneef was born in Pakistan and, as the child of a diplomat, grew up in different cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. He studied creative writing at Yale, Stanford, Colby, Curtis Brown Creative, and the Faber Academy. He won the Frank Allen Bullock Prize for creative writing at the University of Oxford. In a parallel universe, he has worked as a tech entrepreneur, a TV actor, a strategy consultant, and a diplomatic adviser. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. He lives with his family between the UK and Pakistan.


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