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A Washington PostRocky Mountain NewsBoston Globe Best Book of the Year Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a eexploding American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion.

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From the Trade Paperback edition. Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. His first novel, A… More about Mohammed Hanif. Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch, but it also calls to mind the biting comedy of Philip Roth.

The detail is rich, the prose resonant. Hanif has written a historical novel with an eerie timeliness. It sardonically examines the workings of the Pakistani state, which comes off like a Third World Brazil imagined by Raymond Chandler.

Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry. The inevitable comparison here is to Dr. Strangelove, and just as the Kubrick film crystallized the absurdities of nuclear escalation into an archetypal cast of idiots-who-run-the-world, Mangoes provides the necessary update. Hanif has a lovely eye and an even better ear.

Anyone thinking of applying for the job of unhinged, religious dictator should read it first. Mohammed Hanif is a brave, gifted writer.


He has taken territory in desperate need of satire—General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war—and made it undeniably his own. Hanif adopts a playful, exuberant voice, as competing theories and assassination plots are ingeniously combined and overlaid. Hanif has crafted a clever black comedy about military culture, love, tyranny, family, and the events that eventually brought us to September 11, Also by Mohammed Hanif.

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