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The Literature of Conflicted Lands

What is the effect of such unresolved conflicts on the ordinary people of these countries?

Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Western China – all stunningly beautiful places – all embroiled in decades long conflicts. What is the effect of such unresolved conflicts on the ordinary people of these countries and how do they express the trauma? Mirza, Tearne and Hasan look at literature of conflict, how governments censor the news and the ways in which they express the distress of their people through their own fiction.

BBC Urdu service journalist Mirza’s debut novel is a disturbing and humane account of the separatist uprising in 1990’s Kashmir. Tearne’s many novels chronicle life amidst the war in Sri Lanka and that of Sri Lankan exiles. Hasan looks at the forgotten conflict in Northeastern India and its effect on the lives of children growing up knowing no other way of life.


Mirza Waheed | talks
Roma Tearne | talks | www
Daisy Hasan | talks


Date and Time:

19 May 2011 at 6:45 pm





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