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Mirrors of Violence: Representations of Conflict in Contemporary Subcontinental Literature

LSE Literary Festival discussion

A new generation of writers from the subcontinent has been producing exciting work on the region's armed conflicts. This panel features two such writers: Tahmima Anam, author of A Golden Age, a novel about the 1971 Bangladesh war, and Mirza Waheed, author of The Collaborator, a novel about the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. Anam and Waheed will be in conversation with Sumantra Bose, professor of international and comparative politics at LSE.

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1975. She grew up in Paris, New York, and Bangkok, attended Harvard University (where in 2005 she earned a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology), and now lives in London. Her writing has been published in Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She is also a Contributing Editor to the New Statesman. A Golden Age, the first novel in her Bengal Trilogy, was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award, and was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award. Her second novel in the trilogy, The Good Muslim, will be published by Canongate in the UK in May 2011.

Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Srinagar, Kashmir. He moved to Delhi when he was eighteen to study English Literature at the University of Delhi and worked as a journalist in the city for four years. He came to London in 2001 to join the BBC's Urdu Service, where he now works as an editor. The Collaborator is his first novel.


Tahmima Anam | talks | www
Mirza Waheed | talks
Chair: Professor Sumantra Bose | talks


Date and Time:

19 February 2011 at 4:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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