Truth and Treason
|It is 2007,
and Iraq is roiling under the American occupation. Fractured
by warring political factions, threatened by Islamic
fundamentalism, preyed on by American industrialists, it is
a place where the cry of a dying child often goes unheard.
Against this backdrop, the Americans prepare to host the
Conference for Democracy and the Salvation of Iraq, a
glittering assembly of powerful Iraqis and Americans. One
day, at the checkpoint in front of the conference, a little
girl called Ghazal Ahad in search of her father is shot by
an unidentified American soldier.
As the conference unfolds, American commanders struggle to contain the fallout from the “incident.” Nonetheless, a Sheikh declares a fatwa, the Iraqi prime minister finds his government threatened, and the commander in charge, Hektor, who harbors a secret past, is forced to protect both the army and himself. At the centre of this chaos unfolds an intensely private drama of grief, revenge and forgiveness. As the turmoil tightens around them, we are led to question not only what comprises "war" and "terror," but how, where and by whom the real "war on terror" is fought...
Praise for Rahul Varma
"…Rahul Varma doesn’t spare anyone from criticism. Just as Americans are depicted as war criminals, Iraqis are depicted as a nation locked in civil strife, torn between religious pride and a desire for peace and stability."
"Rahul Varma’s Bhopal, about the deadly explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide factory in India in 1984, is an urgent message in dramatic form."
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-988449-06-7
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Publication Date: May 2017
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