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The Plague Upon Us

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

The Plague Upon Us

Full Title: The Plague Upon Us

Author: Shabir Ahmad Mir
Publisher: Hachette India

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

Kashmir in the 1990s, a setting not very different from today... As blood drips from the pellet-stricken eyes of young men, Oubaid watches a plague of blindness spreading through the streets of his homeland, Kashmir. A voice in his head tells him that he knows who brought this plague, but acknowledging it would mean Oubaid must confront his past and the horrors he has witnessed... The Plague upon Us portrays Oubaid's memories from the perspectives of four residents of the Kashmir valley who were once childhood friends - a militant, a rich man, the daughter of a social climber and a member of the Brotherhood. As the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle fall into place, there unravels the full tragedy of a people looking for solace and a place to call home. A searing and power-packed reflection of our times, this brilliantly crafted novel announces the arrival of an arresting new voice in contemporary fiction.

About the Author: 

Shabir Ahmad Mir is a writer and poet and has been awarded the Reuel International Prize for fiction in 2017. This is his first novel.

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