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Scenes from Early Life
Author: Philip Hensher
Published by: Fourth Estate
Date Available: 12 April 2012
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The startling new novel from the author of King of the Badgers and the Man Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency.
“At that time, there were children you weren't supposed to play with. You knew why. Their parents had been informers during the war. And it hadn't been long since you could have got into trouble for singing a song. My grandfather hid all his Bengali poetry in the cellar.
“I was a baby during the war. We stayed inside for months. All my aunts took turns in feeding me. I couldn't be heard to cry. You see, there were soldiers in the streets. They would have known what a crying baby meant. So I had to be kept silent. No, not everyone came out of the war alive.”
One family’s life, and a nation – Bangladesh – being created through conversation, sacrifice, songs, bonds, blood, bravery and jokes. Narrated by Philip Hensher’s husband Zaved, ‘Scenes from Early Life’ is in part a memoir, part fiction and part a history of one of the most savage of twentieth-century civil wars. Heartbreaking, funny and gripping, it is a unique novel by one of our finest writers.
Cover Type: Hardback
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