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The Colloborator

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By Ishrat Bashir We were the people who were not in the papers; We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. Margret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale Nationalisms ‘have typically sprung from masculinized memory, masculinized humiliation and masculinized hope’, remarks Cynthia Enloe in Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. So is Mirza Waheed’s debut novel The Collaborator, typically a ‘masculinized’ narrative in which women are pushed to ‘the edges of print’. The women in the narrative come across as ‘ghosts’ and ‘shadows’ rather than real suffering human beings. Their voices are hardly heard

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A stunningly humane work of storytelling with a poignant and unpredictable hero at its heart. Mirza Waheed is a major new talent. Goes to the heart of the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan. It is Kashmir in the early 1990s and war has finally reached the isolated village of Nowgam close to the Pakistan border. Indian soldiers appear as if from nowhere to hunt for militants on the run. Four teenage boys, who used to spend their afternoons playing cricket, or singing Bollywood ballads down by the river, have disappeared one by one, to cross into Pakistan and join