ISBN 9780670082100,Countdown

Countdown

Author:

Amitav Ghosh

Publisher:

Viking

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Publisher

Viking

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780670082100

ISBN-10 0670082104
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 88 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Literature fiction

On 11 May 1998 the Indian government tested five nuclear devices some forty kilometres from Pokaran. Seventeen days later Pakistan tested nuclear devices of its own. About three months after the tests, Amitav Ghosh went to the Pokaran area, after which he visited Kashmir as part of the defence minister?s entourage. He also went to the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram mountains where Indian and Pakistani soldiers have been exchanging fire since 1983. Ghosh then travelled through Pakistan and Nepal.

Countdown is partly a result of these journeys and conversations with many hundreds of people of the subcontinent. In its descriptions the book is haunting and evocative; and its analyses of the compulsions behind South Asia?s nuclearization, and the implications of this, are profound, deeply disturbing and, ultimately, chilling
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