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Wybuchowe Mango

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Paragraf 22 w pakistańskich realiach.

W 1988 roku rozbił się samolot, na pokładzie którego znajdował się kontrowersyjny przywódca Pakistanu generał Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, śmietanka sztabu oraz amerykański ambasador. Przyczyny katastrofy do dziś nie zostały wyjaśnione. Kto chciał śmierci polityka, który dokonał zamachu stanu, wprowadził osadzone na Koranie prawo oraz wydał wyr
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 18th 2009 by Znak (first published 2008)
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Tea Jovanović
Fantastic novel for those who like to read Vikas Swarup, or Mohsin Hamid, or Aravind Adiga... Novel that has that something... Interesting story, subtle humor... :)
Jul 02, 2008 Naeem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lal, Omar, Steph, Manu, Nethra
Having read a review of this book in the NYT, we promptly purchased it. Not the kind of thing we normally do but Sorayya needed to read it for professional reasons -- her own current book takes place in an adjacent time period and the same place. I will give you her impressions after I give mine.

I don't think this is a good book but it has to be read.

Its importance is that it fills in a crucial historical period in Pakistan's history and the history of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Occupa
Jul 29, 2011 Nilesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-fiction
An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, beautifully-written and thought-inducing.
The first surprise is that a book of the nature can be written about actual, recently deceased politicians in South Asia. I am still surprised that the author was not banished in Pakistan or no major furore was created because of the way it has portrayed an ex-President and other powerful people of the time.
The second surprise - from an Indian angle - is how simple- and petty-minded (and
I am not sure what this book was all about. General Zia-ul-Haq dies in the end (which is not a spoiler, btw) and someone killed him. The story is about who killed him - I think. It is also a political satire on Pakistan's crazy political figures. It is about the army - I think. In fact, I don't really know what to think.

The book drives the narrative forward by alternating the stories of Zia-ul-Haq and a lowly army person, and then there is some flashback to some completely different and irreleva
Jennifer (aka EM)
An unlikely revolutionary/assassin narrates a fictionalized (?), ironized and quite funny tale of Pakistan's General Zia-ul-Haq's rise to power, rule and death due to multiple causes. Wondering why there's no fatwa issued against Hanif for this one. Interesting queer twist, and little bits of social commentary poke through the broad strokes of the plot adding resonance and poignancy. Probably a better grasp of the politics would have enhanced the humour, but not necessary for overall enjoyment.
Ana Ovejero
Jul 13, 2016 Ana Ovejero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The death of the dictator of Pakistan General Zia alongside all his high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened. The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer.

This novel depicts the reasons behind those events, having as a narrator a young soldier who has a grudge with the government, which apparently is the responsible for his father's death. His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and
Jul 24, 2011 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Ah! Where do I begin to write words on a book I have come to adore with every turning of the page? It's full of those little surprises and shocks a growing child gets to see everyday; before he has the ability to distinguish them as good or bad.

Yes, there is an element of wonder when reading about the alleged activities of the bygone President and the Pakistan army itself and why there hasn't been a voice raised against it. But that it all there is to it from my side.

It was interesting to read s
Political satire.

I am an avid reader of both 'Global' and Historical fiction so this book should have been right up my street. Instead it took me weeks to read and I omly completed it because I was discussing it in a book group.
I did not enjoy it at all. It was certainly not 'very, very funny', as advertised.
I was not alone in my views either; 6 out of 8 other readers at the discussion felt the same way.
Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin
Ben Babcock
This book has mouldered at the #1 spot on my to-read list for four years. It exited in that unhappy limbo of not being available from the library yet not being exciting enough to make me want to buy it. Since moving to England, I’ve started trying to work my way through the oldest books on my list, so I gave in and bought this cheaply. It’s hard to remember why I wanted to read it in the first place—I think I saw it at the bookstore, thought it was interesting, but tried to exercise some self-co ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Windy2go rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan. I thought it might give me context and cultural insights. I guess it did. And for the few few chapters, I was enthralled. But in the end, I didn't like it. A few reasons. Reason one: maybe because I live here, and I work on policy issues, the book was disturbing enmeshed with reality, and I wasn't equipped to tell the two apart. How much of the story of Zia Ul Haq's plane crash was real? And how much was fictio ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky us--we have a fresh fictional voice of the Pakistani Persuasion, as it were. Mohammed Harif is one very fine writer.

In 1978 General Zia kicked Prime Minister Bhutto out of office, later executing him and "reducing" civil rights under martial law in a harrying ten-year reign until he was mysteriously killed in a plane crash in 1988. Apparently his death spawned lots of conspiracy theories, and in a sense that's Harif's fictional purpose.

His protagonist is the son of a colonel who was instru
Mah-i-kan Kurd
Jul 28, 2013 Mah-i-kan Kurd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
You can blame our men in uniform for anything but you can never blame them for being imaginative

God's glory. God's glory. For every monkey there is a houri

Screams that echo through your body but get stuck in your throat

What do the ISI investigate?
What they don't know

Roses are red. Violets are blue. This country is khaki

Turning my loneliness into solitue

You want freedom and they give you chicken korma

Be it the land or the rivers, it's all under our wings

Soldier just soldier on

This book was recomm
A fine dark comic diverse fictional read. My first by a Pakistani writer. and the obligation was severe as every peer of mine have read it. It had to be tasted at minimum.

At first I had been so indifferent with a sense of cynicism about the hype. after a hundred pages I did find a flow it became a page turner.
The writing style was good but the perception of things, people--the kind we all have in our dark side of mind somewhere was depicted skillfully and beautifully as to be unputdownable. I wa
I need to start reading the backs of books.I was convinced that this book was about a Pakistani family and their hilarious drama. So I spent the first 30 pages reading waiting for this to start, then read the back of the book. My thought straight away was, "You've bloody done it again". You would have thought that I had learnt from my Iran read. But hellz no! Learning from experience is for losers. Or something. /sigh

Ah well, on with the show. What the book is really about, is the sudden firey,
Jul 29, 2010 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not a great lover of satirical novels - to be quite honest I often don't get them! - but this one was topical, being set in the Indian subcontinent, and full of funny oneliners. The descriptions of the Americans arriving for the Texas - Afghan fancy dress dinner at the embassy are great - of course everyone came in Afghani dress - mixed politics, social commentary and sexual innuendo. The sexual references throughout the novel as well as the political aspects of the plot must have been diff ...more
Fathima Cader
funny, often darkly so. reminiscent, because of its subject matter of Rushdie's Shame, but not quite as (oh dreaded word) colorful. it doesn't hit you over the head with exuberance and craziness, in the way Shame does, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
i still feel somehow distanced from the novel, as though it hadn't quite touched me. maybe i'm asking for the wrong things, though, as Shigri is a very restrained character. maybe i'd been expecting more of an awareness built into the narrative
Apr 26, 2016 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mohammed Hanif's "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" is a novelistic exploration of the still-unexplained death of General Zia-ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, in a 1988 airplane crash The story is told from the perspective of several characters, most notably, especially at the beginning, between that of Ali Shigri, a young officer bent on avenging the "suicide", which he blames on the President, and that of General Zia ul-Haq himself. In Hanif's retelling of the events leading up to the accident, there ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Famma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read this book for a long time. It’s a General Dark Comical Fiction with strong character, though I still doubt some part of the book. Foul language is used which I guess is a part of normal day occurrence in army. I am not sure how the writer got the intimate details of how first lady sleep or How Arnold aka arnie was planning to spend the night with Nancy and the relationship of Ali Shigri and Obaid.
It also contain a story of Blind Zainab and Scandal of Joanne Herring t
Nazmi Yaakub
BARANGKALI inilah antara novel yang awal-awal lagi sudah memberikan spoiler tetapi spoilernya tidak mengganggu pembacanya, bahkan memberikan lebih elemen suspens. Ini kerana kita sudah tahu kesudahan A Case of Exploding Mangoes, -Jeneral Zia-ul-Haq mati, kapal terbangnya terhempas- tetapi kita tetap berasa suspens untuk menghabiskannya. Di sinilah letaknya kelebihan Mohammed Hanif kerana judulnya saja sudah bikin kita tertanya-tanya tentang apa kejadahnya buah mempelam yang meletup!

Nada satira d
Justin Podur
Jun 27, 2013 Justin Podur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read this book after returning from a research and teaching trip to Pakistan in 2008. Pakistan's travails were fresh on my mind. Reading Hanif was cathartic, it was heartbreaking at times, and mostly it was just spectacularly hilarious. It is hard to find books where you are literally laughing out loud, but this was one of them. The early interrogation of the protagonist by his superior officer, where he says "I have seen some buggery in my time..." I still laugh when I think about it.

The boo
قصي بن خليفة
رواية ظريفة ساخرة خيالية بنى الكاتب حبكتها على قصة مقتل الرئيس الباكستاني ضياء الحق وما حوله من أشخاص وأحداث، ولكن ليس فيها الكثير من المعلومات التاريخية. أعجبني فيها لغة الكاتب وقدرته على السرد بطريقة تشد القاريء. ولكنه لم يوفق في كثير من التفاصيل حيث لم يراعي حرمة للدين ولا ذوقاً للقارئ ولعله لم يقصد أمثالي من القراء فهو كتب للغرب ما يعجبهم ولا استغرب حصوله على تقديرات عالية في أمازون. على الرغم من جودة السرد وتتابع الأحداث إلا انه لا توجد مفاجآت والرواية أجمل اذا أتت بما لم تتوقعه. وكما قال أ ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Dalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a black comedy this book is a timely read as it reminds us that 40 years of pouring in billions to Afghanistan and Pakistan has not resulted in any structural change that actually helps any Pakistani or Afghan, but instead has just created a different source of graft. Most of the characters in this novel are actual government and military officials, and he accuses former General Beg, who is still living, of mass murder, albeit in a book of fiction- telling that no one comments about tha ...more
Neeraj Bali
Oct 01, 2014 Neeraj Bali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman a Clef

The French term for “novel with a key.” This type of novel incorporates real people and events into the story under the guise of fiction.
The death of Pakistan’s military ruler Zia Ul Haq is one of the abiding mysteries of our times. The reason for the crash of the Air Force One plane in the desert near Bhawalpur was never explained. Inevitably it triggered incessant chatter among conspiracy theorists, a din that has subsided but – in true traditions of the Sub-continent – never quit
Jun 09, 2011 Aleeeeeza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
i just don't have the will to finish this one, what with the bajillions of others books i need to read and all. and the book itself isn't THAT bad--the protagonist *is* witty and all, but the constant anti-Islam humor is just turning me off. like, a lot.

so, shelving it for now. maybe i'll come back to it someday. we'll see.
Hamza Sipra
May be the book is well-written
but its against my taste so giving two stars
Jun 26, 2011 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't grabbing me. Life is too short for books that give me ADD. Oh, well.
*I think of <...> turning my loneliness into solitude <...>.
Talal Piracha
Well, I don't know where to start. My thoughts on the book are quite a dilemma. While reading the book I was pretty fasicated how the author came up with such amusing and a different way to describe things. Be it about people,weather or landscape. I think the book is a bit over rated because it still lacks some facts and how it doesn't live up to the expectations I had in my mind. Although,yes! Hanif sahab did an amazing job pulling it off the entire story with a strong background yet I feel so ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Hamza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading facts in a novel is like eating a nutritious mango.
That was fun.
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Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist. He was born at Okara. He was graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He initially worked for Newsline, The Washington Post and India Today. In 1996, he moved to London to work for the BBC. Later, he became the head of the BBC's Urdu service in London.

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“The generals who had called Zia a mullah behind his back felt ashamed at having underestimated him: not only was he a mullah, he was a mullah whose understanding of religion didn't go beyond parroting what he had heard from the next mullah. A mullah without a beard, a mullah in a four-star general's uniform, a mullah with the instincts of a corrupt tax inspector.” 24 likes
“basic military rule: you manage your anger by kicking ass, not by rearranging the furniture in your room.” 7 likes
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