Publisher: Black Cat
An American pilot crash lands in the desert and takes refuge in the very camp he was supposed to bomb. Hallucinating palm trees and worrying about dehydrating to death isn't what Major Ellie expected from this mission. Still, it's an improvement on the constant squabbles with his wife back home.
In the camp, teenager Momo's money-making schemes are failing. His brother left for his first day at work and never returned, his parents are at each other's throats, his dog is having a very bad day, and an aid worker has shown up wanting to research him for her book on the Teenage Muslim Mind.
Written with his trademark wit, keen eye for absurdity and telling important truths about the world today, Red Birds reveals master storyteller Mohammed Hanif at the height of his powers.
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.