The Plague upon Us by Shabir Ahmed Mir is set in Kashmir in the 1990s. Featuring an incident involving four residents of the Kashmir valley, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle start to fit together as a tragedy unfolds. The book hit the shelves on 30 April 2020. It has been published by Hachette India.
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As blood drips from the pellet-stricken eyes of young men, Oubaid watches a plague of blindness spreading through the streets of his homeland, Kashmir. A voice in his head tells him that he knows who brought this plague, but acknowledging it would mean Oubaid must confront his past and the horrors he has witnessed…
The Plague upon Us portrays Oubaid’s memories from the perspectives of four residents of the Kashmir valley who were once childhood friends – a militant, a rich man, the daughter of a social climber, and a member of the Brotherhood. As the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle fall into place, there unravels the full tragedy of a people looking for solace and a place to call home. A searing and power-packed reflection of our times, this brilliantly crafted novel announces the arrival of an arresting new voice in contemporary fiction.
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