Curfewed Night : A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir Paperback
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and Winner of the Crossword Prize for Non-fiction '"Curfewed Night" is a passionate and important book - a brave and brilliant report from a conflict the world has chosen to ignore.' Salman Rushdie Basharat Peer was a teenager when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir in 1989.
Over the following years countless young men, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the 'Line of Control' to train in Pakistani army camps.
Peer was sent off to boarding school in Aligarh to keep out of trouble.
He finished college and became a journalist in Delhi.
But Kashmir - angrier, more violent, more hopeless - was never far away.
In 2003 Peer, now a young journalist, left his job and returned to his homeland.
Drawing a harrowing portrait of Kashmir and her people - a mother forced to watch her son hold an exploding bomb, politicians living in refurbished torture chambers, picturesque villages riddled with landmines - this is above all, a story of what it really means to return home - and the discovery that there may not be any redemption in it. Lyrical, spare, gut-wrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a powerful and intensely moving debut, combining the insight of a journalist with the prose of a poet.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780007350711
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Review by gunnar.klatt
If you hear about the Kashmir Conflict these days you think of the Indian Army, Indian Paramilitary Forces and their encounters with armed intruders from Pakistan and how the Indian Forces harass the local people. This completely ignores that everyday ordinary life in Kashmir has to go on. But how can life be ordinary in these circumstances? With their attempt to escape the omnipresent violence people who have no choice but to stay where they are, are caught 'between a rock and a hard place'. The Kashmir Conflict has turned the region into a war zone where nobody can say he gains any advantage over the so called "enemy". Luckily one has to acknowledge that things have changed, that the author is looking back at the past but is a very recent past and the scars have hardly healed. It is an excellent account of the Kashmir Conflict from an too often neglected angle.