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Mohammed Hanif - A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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Mohammed Hanif explains how he could get away with poking fun at General Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan.


Mohammed Hanif

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Mohammed Hanif explains how he could get away with poking fun at General Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan.

What is known about the incident is that the Pakistani general's plane came down on 17th August 1988. What has never been completely explained is how or why the crash happened.

Ex-air force officer and now BBC journalist, Mohammed Hanif tells Anna Horsbrugh-Porter what inspired him to write such a satirical, poignant and taboo-breaking novel and what sort of reception he expects to get in Pakistan.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes has caused significant review interest in the British Press and Mohammed Hanif has been highlighted for a glittering writing career.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes was included on the Man Booker Long List for the 2008 prize for fiction.

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