The Watch

By Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
(Random House, Paperback, 9781781090039)

Publication Date: May 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2012 Indie Next List
“From the very exciting launch of the British imprint Hogarth in the United States comes a raw and poignant tale of the war in Afghanistan. Inevitable repercussions for the soldiers and citizens of the country play out viscerally in a novel that takes its cues from the Antigone myth. There is much to learn and then to think about here.”
-- Dana Bringham, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

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  1. In ancient Greek lore, Antigone (pronounced anne-TIH-guh-nee) is a defiant young woman willing to risk her life so that her brother’s body can receive proper burial rites. Their uncle, King Creon (KREE-on), has become blinded by power, decreeing that no one will honor the remains of this nephew, whom Creon considers to be a traitor. Anyone defying the king’s order is to be executed. As Nizam confronts the army, what timeless questions of religious faith versus secular power is she raising? What gives women like Antigone and Nizam, living in male-dominated cultures, the strength to wage wars of conscience?

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