In the August of 1988, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the sixth President of Pakistan, got into a plane titled Pak One. The plane took off smoothly, but in mid-air, lost all control and nose-dived to the ground, killing General Zia and his many colleagues. In A Case of Exploding Mangoes, author Mohammed Hanif provides a satirical tale that revolves around this ominous plane crash.
While most of the characters in this story are actual victims of the accident, some others are fictitious. At the heart of it is Ali Shigri, an Air Force Pilot, who seeks revenge on Zia for the suspicious death of his Jihadi father. Driven by a sharp narrative, this story unfolds as we learn about the elaborate plan set up by Shigri and the team he has assembled for the same. His team is all set for the mission, but the only thing they aren�t aware of is the fact that there are more than a few people eyeing to assassinate General Zia. The author gives a dark, satirical take on one of the ghastliest deaths in the history of Pakistani politics.
A writer and journalist of Pakistani origin, Mohammed Hanif is noted mostly for his inherent wit and distinct writing style. The writer graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer, but later left it to realise his dream of becoming a journalist. He has formerly worked with major news corporations like The Washington Post, BBC and Newsline. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is his first novel, which won him a lot of accolades and was even longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Hanif�s other two novels are Our Lady of Alice Bhatti and The Baloch who is not Missing & Others who are. He has also worked as a scriptwriter for a film title The Long Night, along with two plays What Now, Now That We Are Dead? and The Dictator�s Wife.
This edition of A Case of Exploding Mangoes has been published by RHI in English and is available in paperback. It has an ISBN 10 number of 8184001894, and an ISBN 13 number of 9788184001891. You can order your copy online today and read this intriguing tale of love, tyranny, betrayal, conspiracy and loss.