Publisher: Black Cat
An intelligent, dark, and provocative satire of politics and society for fans of vivid, voice-driven, and often darkly humorous international writing like that of Aravind Adiga, Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, and Sayed Kashua.
Red Birds received early praise received from Pankaj Mishra, who picked it as one of the best books of 2018 for the Guardian, calling it "a fresh marvel." Hanif's work also garnered praise from John le Carré, Mark Haddon, and Mohsin Hamid and his writing writing has been compared to that of Salman Rushdie, Joseph Heller, and Raymond Chandler.
Splitting his time between Berlin and Karachi, Hanif is very active in the arts communities in the US, Europe and South Asia. He has written the libretto for an opera called Bhutto, commissioned by the Lyric Theater in Illinois for premiere with the Pittsburgh Opera in 2019. He has also written for the stage and screen, including a BBC radio play, What Now, Now That We Are Dead?
Hanif's debut novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Knopf, 2008) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel. His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Hanif's previously novels were widely and positively reviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Financial Times, and the New Republic and more. We expect the same review coverage for Red Birds.