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Evidence Of Suspicion

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Bureaucratic in its convolutions and brutal in its deceptions, the war on terror has had an impac... Read More

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Bureaucratic in its convolutions and brutal in its deceptions, the war on terror has had an impact on our lives that we do not yet understand. We sense it. A growing claustrophobia, wariness, suspicion, the stickiness of constant surveillance. But for those who are actually entangled in it, the trap has teeth and they are fierce. Author and teacher Amitava Kumar examines the mangled lives of some of those who tripped. In a US court Hemant Lakhani, an old man with a congenital heart condition, stands trial for selling a fake missile to an FBI informant; in another court Shahawar Matin Siraj, inveigled by the NYPD into a conspiracy to bomb a subway, is sentenced to thirty years in prison. In New Delhi Kumar interviews S.A.R. Geelani, the mild-mannered professor apprehended for he 2001 Parliament attack, jailed and tortured. He also tries to speak to Tabassum Guru, the wife of the man on death row for the same attack, at the Sopore hospital in which she works. A few kilometers away, in Srinagar, he visits an army camp, where he sees the peculiarities that develop in an everyday battle-zone that is also a living, working city. And, he catalogues, with the critic’s compass and a curator’s zeal, the fierce renewal in art and literature that has evolved out of the war. Spanning the subcontinents of India and the USA, part reportage, part philosophy, this is a book whose importance cannot be exaggerated. Its intellectual power and moral force will keep the reader pinned to the page.

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Title: Evidence Of Suspicion
Author: Amitava Kumar
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9780330514026
SKU: BK0053681
EAN: 9780330514026
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Amitava Kumar is the author of five books of non-fiction and a novel. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Harper's, Caravan, and numerous other publications. He is Professor of English at Vassar College in upstate New York. His works include Lunch with Bigot.

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