Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

By Mohammed Hanif

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307948946, 239pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Description

Mohammed Hanif delivers a shockingly funny new novel set in steaming Karachi, about second chances, thwarted ambitions and love found in the most unlikely places.

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they’re looking for. She’s the daughter of a part-time healer in the French Colony, Karachi’s infamous Christian slum, and it seems she has, unhappily, inherited his part-time gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to the hospital’s overflowing patients. But all is not miraculous. Alice is a Christian in an Islamic world, ensnared in the red tape of hospital bureaucracy, trapped by the caste system, and torn between her patients, her father and her husband—who is about to drag Alice into a situation so dangerous that perhaps not even a miracle will be able to save them. 
 



About the Author
Mohammed Hanif est ne a Okara, au Pakistan. Il fait carriere comme pilote dans l armee de l air pakistanaise. Il devient ensuite journaliste, signant des articles dans le Newsline, le New York Times et le Washington Post. Diplome de l Universite d East Anglia, auteur dramatique, il cree des pieces radiophoniques pour la BBC. Son film, The Long Night, est projete dans de nombreux festivals a travers le monde. Longtemps responsable de la section urdu a la BBC, Mohammed Hanif vit desormais au Pakistan.Attentat a la mangue, son premier roman, est traduit dans treize pays. En 2008, le Washington Post et le Boston Globe l ont elu Meilleur livre de l annee. Il a egalement obtenu le Prix litteraire indien Shakti Batt, attribue aux nouveaux auteurs les plus prometteurs et a ete couronne du Prix regional du Commonwealth 2009 (Europe et Asie du Sud), decerne au meilleur premier roman.