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When Blackbirds Fly (Not Our War series)

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Hannah Lalhlanpuii is a PhD research scholar in Mizoram University. Her area of interest lies in ... Read More

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Hannah Lalhlanpuii is a PhD research scholar in Mizoram University. Her area of interest lies in postcolonial studies, trauma writing and children's literature. Her poems and short stories have been published locally in Mizoram. Apart from creative writing, she also works as a freelance writer for English news outlets in the state. Hannah is currently living with her family in Aizawl, Mizoram.

Life is sweet growing up in Aizawl, with his family and friends, and all the narrator wants is a peaceful life. But the independence movement in Mizoram means that regardless of what he wants, he is drawn inexorably into a world where everyone has to choose where they stand ...
Set in the initial stages of the two-decade-long struggle for Mizoram's independence and against the backdrop of the 1966 bombing of Aizawl, this stunning debut novel is an universal story of how individual dreams and lives are shattered when larger conflicts arise.

Nothing one says can truly capture the elegiac beauty and the punch in the guts that this slim book packs. It's a slow burn of a novel allowing the reader to soak in the story while challenging the reader at every step to acknowledge their lack of knowledge, their sense of privilege and assumptions routinely made about the region that forms the locus of the story.

Through the eyes of the narrator, Hannah masterfully - and at times, poetically - transforms pages of history into sentimental reality. Facts become experiences, dates transform into a ticking clock and a slice of historic news comes to life.The author's greatest achievement is to get into the skin of her protagonist so smoothly that when she pens his innermost thoughts, there isn't a trace of artificiality, of putting an adult's words or feelings into the mind of a child. The language is deceptively simple. There is no attempt to underplay the horror of what transpires, but it is conveyed with a light touch that makes the reader turn the pages fast. The novel is only 120 pages, but within it a whole world turned upside down by conflict is captured. The author deeply understands the society she is writing about, but at the same time what she conveys is universal.

Nothing one says can truly capture the elegiac beauty and the punch in the guts that this slim book packs. It's a slow burn of a novel allowing the reader to soak in the story while challenging the reader at every step to acknowledge their lack of knowledge, their sense of privilege and assumptions routinely made about the region that forms the locus of the story.

Product Details

Title: When Blackbirds Fly (Not Our War series)
Author: Hannah Lalhlanpuii
SKU: BK0455756
EAN: 9780143453376
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Hannah Lalhlanpuii is a PhD research scholar in Mizoram University. Her area of interest lies in postcolonial studies, trauma writing and children's literature. Her poems and short stories have been published locally in Mizoram. Apart from creative writing, she also works as a freelance writer for English news outlets in the state. Hannah is currently living with her family in Aizawl, Mizoram.

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