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Red Birds, Hanif,  Mohammed
Red Birds
Mohammed Hanif

Paperback $16.99 - Bloomsbury
Fiction - Published: 1/Oct/2019 - ISBN: 9781408897164

A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR

'A thrilling, razor-sharp critique of US foreign policy - Red Birds is an incisive, unsparing critique of war and of America's role in the destruction of the Middle East. It combines modern and ancient farcical traditions in thrilling way' Guardian

American pilot Major Ellie has crashed his plane in the middle of a desert. Lucky for him there's room for him at the very refugee camp he was supposed to bomb.

Teenage Momo doesn't see it that way- the camp is a trap, not a refuge. His brother's missing, his parents are in a rage, and an aid worker won't stop trying to interview him for her book on the Teenage Muslim Mind.

Savage, irreverent and deliciously dark, Red Birds is a masterful unravelling of intertwined fates in a forgotten war-scape and a brilliant satire about satire about the absurdity of war and the impossibility of peace. Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. His first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel. His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Prize. He writes regularly for the New York Times, BBC Urdu, and BBC Punjabi. He currently splits his time between Berlin and Karachi. A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR

'A thrilling, razor-sharp critique of US foreign policy - Red Birds is an incisive, unsparing critique of war and of America's role in the destruction of the Middle East. It combines modern and ancient farcical traditions in thrilling way' Guardian


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