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The Collaborator

(2011)
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'With flashes of brilliance, tenderness and fury, Mirza Waheed's The Collaborator does what fiction should. It makes you listen' Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

By the waters running through the valleys of Kashmir, teenage boys come to play cricket, talk about girls, and just be. But a few years later, when they are young men and violence grips the region, they are gone.

Only the son of the local headman has stayed. He knows his friends have slipped over the border to Pakistan, and turned militant to bear arms against the Indian army. He would like to join them - but he cannot.

Instead, put in an impossible position by an Indian army Captain, he must cross into the shadowland between the opposing sides, a ghost walking among the dead. His fate, like that of his lost brothers, unknown . . .

'Waheed's prose burns with the fever of anger and despair; the scenes in the valley are exceptional, conveying, a hallucinatory living nightmare that has become an everyday reality for Kashmiris' Metro

'Waheed builds an atmosphere of menace and despair . . . his tale possesses a disturbing power that is both lingering and profound' Independent on Sunday

'Compelling . . . An important and poetic testimony to an all-too-easily forgotten war' Daily Mail

Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novel The Collaborator was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Shakti Bhat Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It was also book of the year for the Telegraph, New Statesman, Financial Times, Business Standard and Telegraph India. Waheed has written for the BBC, the Guardian, Granta, Al Jazeera English and TheNew York Times. He lives in London.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I loved it. The voice is lyrical, to match the beauty of Kashmir, and yet it is tinged with melancholy and grief, as is the story it tells." - Nadeem Aslam


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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Collaborator
Author(s): Mirza Waheed
ISBN: 0-670-92052-5 / 978-0-670-92052-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Collaborator
Author(s): Mirza Waheed
ISBN: 0-14-104858-1 / 978-0-14-104858-1 (UK edition)
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Collaborator
Author(s): Mirza Waheed
ISBN: 0-670-91895-4 / 978-0-670-91895-9 (USA edition)
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February 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Collaborator
Author(s): Mirza Waheed
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