The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan audiobook

The Association of Small Bombs

By Karan Mahajan
Read by Neil Shah

Blackstone Publishing 9780525429630
9.20 Hours Unabridged
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The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in empathy, dazzling in acuity, and ambitious in scope. When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at a university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven into the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb­maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland. Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.

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Summary

Summary

An Audible Pick for the Best of 2016 … So Far!

Winner of a 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize

A 2016 National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize

PEN Literary Award Finalist

Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

A 2016 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A Wall Street Journal Pick for Best New Books in 2016

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2016

A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far

A Travel+Leisure Magazine Pick 

A Men’s Journal Pick for Best Books of 2016

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Winner

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Nominee

A Bustle Pick for the Best Books of March 2016

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Best Fiction Books of 2016

A The Week Magazine Pick for 28 Books to Read in 2016 

A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Travel Books

A Vulture.com Pick of the 10 Best Books of 2016

A Millions.com Pick for Most Anticipated Books of 2016

A Flavorwire Pick for the 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

A Pop Sugar Pick for 15 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2016

A Vol.1 Brooklyn Pick for March 2016

A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Fiction Award Nominee

A Publishers Weekly Pick for May 2016

A BookRiot Pick for Books to Watch for in March 

The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in empathy, dazzling in acuity, and ambitious in scope.

When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at a university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven into the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb­maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Association of Small Bombs is not the first novel about the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but it is the finest I’ve read at capturing the seduction and force of the murderous, annihilating illogic that increasingly consumes the globe.” Wall Street Journal
“Smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout.” New York Times Book Review
“Mahajan’s ambitious and all too painful novel about terrorism…carries us deep into the human side of a tragedy.” Washington Post
“In Mahajan’s riveting and intricate story, the aftershocks of small bombs are as inescapable as their explosions.” Vice
“In The Association of Small Bombs, violence is far less the bloody fulfillment of Islam’s tenets than it is a misguided attempt to counter Muslim oppression.” The Millions
“The ordinary humanity in these characters—before, during, and after tragedy besets them—is the strength of this audiobook and of Neil Shah’s narration…Shah eschews the melodramatic, instead leaving the room needed to hear the wailing of mothers, the confusion of fathers, and the disenfranchisement of youth. In ‘keeping it real,’ Shah ensures that listeners connect with Mahajan’s story.” AudioFile
“Throbbing heads, frayed nerves: this residue of violence, a physicality delivered with varying intensity, is the hallmark of this novel.” Flavorwire
“[Mahajan is] strong at exploring the very long shockwaves of small-scale violence…[A] novel that’s alert to the intersection of the emotional and political.” Kirkus Reviews
“Mahajan’s talent is in…weaving together the evolving motives and passions of his characters so intricately that in the end we see each as culpable, and human.” Publishers Weekly
“Urgent and masterful, this novel shows us how bystander, bomber, victim, and survivor will forever share a patch of scorched ground.” Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“With his intelligence, humanity, and art, Mahajan has given us a deep portrait of life in a kind of darkness.” Norman Rush, National Book Award–winning author
“Mahajan is a virtuoso writer, and this is a wonderful book.” Elizabeth McCracken, Story Prize–winning author

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Karan Mahajan

Author Bio: Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and published in nine countries. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many other publications. A graduate of Stanford University and the Michener Center for Writers, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English