Synopses & Reviews
Since 1989, when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir, more than 70,000 people have been killed in the battle between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Born and raised in the war-torn region, Basharat Peer brings this little-known part of the world to life in haunting, vivid detail..andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Peer reveals stories from his youth as well as gut-wrenching accounts of the many Kashmiris he met years later, as a reporter. He chronicles a young manand#8217;s initiation into a Pakistani training camp; a mother who watches as her son is forced to hold an exploding bomb; a poet who finds religion when his entire family is killed. He writes about politicians living in refurbished torture chambers, idyllic villages rigged with landmines, and ancient Sufi shrines decimated in bomb blasts..andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Curfewed Nightandlt;/Iandgt; is a tale of a manand#8217;s love for his land, the pain of leaving home, and the joy of returnand#8212;as well as a fiercely brave piece of literary reporting..
"Describing the ruin of Kashmir, Curfewed Night doesn't only shock, it challenges our most cherished beliefsand#8211;and#8211;in democracy, rule of law, and the power of individual conscience. Everyone should read it." andlt;BRandgt; and#8212; Pankaj Mishra, author of andlt;iandgt;Temptations of the Westandlt;/iandgt;
"A passionate and important book - a brave and brilliant report from a conflict the world has chosen to ignore."andlt;BRandgt; and#8212; Salman Rushdie
andlt;iandgt;Curfewed Nightandlt;/iandgt; is the finest book I have read on the contemporary Kashmir conflict and#8211; literary, humane, clear-eyed and reliable. Basharat Peer has given voice, unforgettably, to a generation of Kashmiris who have never been heard in the United States, but who should be.andlt;BRandgt; and#8212; Steve Coll, author of andlt;iandgt;The Bin Ladens, Ghost Warsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;On The Grand Trunk Roadandlt;/iandgt;
"The story of Kashmir has never been told before so evocatively and profoundly. Peer writes with the skill of a novelist, the insight of a journalist and the evocative power of a poet."andlt;BRandgt; and#8212; Ahmad Rashid, author of andlt;iandgt;The Talibanandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Descentandlt;/iandgt;
Basharat Peer's powerful memoir about growing up in war-torn Kashmir.
Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in 1977. He studied political science at Aligarh Muslim University and journalism at Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka and has written for various publications including the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman and Foreign Affairs where he was assistant editor. He is currently based in New York.
"Curfewed Night" is Peer's powerful memoir about growing up in war-torn Kashmir.
About the Author
BASHARAT PEER was born in Kashmir in 1977. He studied journalism and politics at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs and served as a correspondent at Tehelka, India's leading English language weekly. His work has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman, The Nation, Financial Times Magazine, N+1, and Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. Curfewed Night, his first book, won one of India's top literary awards, the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for English Non Fiction. Peer is a Fellow at Open Society Institute and lives in New York.