Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

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Narrated By: Dustin Rubin, George Newbern, Kaleo Griffith, Kris Koscheski, Reha Zamani, Richard Allen, Zadran Wali

Duration: 10 hours and 11 minutes

What to expect

'The first great novel of the war in Afghanistan' Wall Street Journal

You’ve had no sleep since the firefight last night.

The morning fog beyond the walls of your base lifts to reveal a lone woman approaching the gate.

She says she has come to claim the body of her brother killed in last night’s attack.

Is she a terrorist? A spy? A lunatic?

Or what she says she is – a grieving sister?

What should you do?

What do you do?

Shortlisted for the Criticos Prize and the Boeke Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the DSC Asian Literature Prize. One of Publishers Weekly's Ten best contemporary war novels.


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Written with restrained power

The Times

Scorching, tightly wired... It's a reminder that blood fueds are as old as humanity itself


Classical ideas of human dignity and honour are juxtaposed with the squalor of modern war in this important novel... A beautiful and heartfelt lamentation

Irish Times

His lyrical prose captures superbly the brutal realities of combat

Sunday Times

The first great novel of the war in Afghanistan