is delighted to announce the publication of The Night of Broken Glass by Feroz Rather,
a novel in short stories and a fictional account on Kashmir
New Delhi, 22nd June 2018:
In The Night of Broken Glass, Feroz Rather provides the readers a glimpse of the courage and daily life of its people as it is a dirge to a paradise lost, a paean to the beauty of Kashmir. It is one of the first fiction books on Kashmir dealing with the Insurgency. A novel in short stories, with each of the stories interconnected, the book is one of our lead literary fiction debuts for this year. This fascinating collection of writings on Kashmir promises to be a thrilling and compelling read.
About the book:
Over the last three decades, Kashmir has been ravaged by insurgence. While reams have been written on it – in human rights documents, academic theses, non-fiction accounts of the turmoil, and government and military reports – the effects of the violence on its inhabitants have rarely been rendered in fiction.
Feroz Rather’s The Night of Broken Glass corrects that anomaly. Through a series of interconnected stories, within which the same characters move in and out, the author weaves a tapestry of the horror Kashmir has come to represent. His visceral imagery explores the psychological impact of the turmoil on its natives – Showkat who is made to wipe off graffiti on the wall of his shop with his tongue; Rosy, a progressive, jeans-wearing ‘upper-caste’ girl who is in love with ‘lower-caste’ Jamshid; Jamshid’s father Gulam, a cobbler by profession who never finds his son’s bullet-riddled body; the ineffectual Nadim ‘Pasture’ who proclaims himself a full-fledged rebel; even the barbaric and tyrannical Major S who has to contend with his own nightmares.
Grappling with a society brutalized by the oppression of the state and fissured by the tensions of caste and gender, Feroz Rather’s remarkable debut is as much a paean to the beauty of Kashmir and the courage of its people as it is a dirge to a paradise lost.
About the author:
Feroz Rather is currently a doctoral student of Creative Writing at Florida State University and his work has appeared in The Millions, The Rumpus, The Southeast Review, Caravan, Warscapes, Berfrois, and Himal. His most recent essay, ‘Poet in Srinagar’, appeared in the anthology Mad Heart, Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali. The Night of Broken Glass
is his first book.
An extraordinary, haunting debut. The dazzling characters that inhabit The Night of Broken Glass will stay with you for years after you’ve finished reading this stunning collection. Bravo! – Mirza Waheed
The Night of Broken Glass is a work of terrifying and hypnotic beauty. Feroz Rather unsparingly sees through the horrors inflicted on the body and soul of Kashmir. I am reeling from the power and beauty of its sentences. – Basharat Peer
A haunting and mesmerizing debut that announces the arrival of a major new talent.’ – Siddhartha Deb
Publisher: HarperCollins India
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