One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2016 A New York Times Notable Book of 2016 On a hot May day in 1996 a car bomb detonates in a Delhi marketplace. Just a 'small' bomb, but it is fatal for two Khurana school boys. Their friend Mansoor survives the blast bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a failed stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where he becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist. Yet Mansoor isn't the only one damaged by the bomb. Mr and Mrs Khurana are trapped in labyrinthine legal battles, desperate for justice to appease their grief. Young bomb maker Shockie, striving for the future independence of his Kashmiri homeland, is also in Delhi that day, and afterwards will be inextricably linked to the blast. Humane and clear-eyed in equal measure, The Association of Small Bombs tackles the most urgent issue of today with astonishing empathy. Karan Mahajan writes about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators alike, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.
"Wonderful. It is smart, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout" New York Times
Karan Mahajan, Jahrgang 1984, ist in Indien aufgewachsen und hat an der Stanford-Universität Englisch und Wirtschaft studiert. Der Autor lebt heute in New York und schreibt seinen zweiten Roman.