Hasan is eleven years old. He loves cricket, pomegranates, the night sky, his clever, vibrant artistic mother and his etymologically obsessed lawyer father, and he adores his next-door neighbour Zehra.
One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan watches a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death.
Soon after, Hasan's idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason.
Set in a land ruled by an oppresive military regime, this eloquent, charming and quietly political novel vividly recreates the confusing world of a young boy on the edge of adulthood, and beautifully illustrates the transformative power of the imagination.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 21/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747571643