The Lives We Have Lost
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The Lives We Have Lost

Sub title: Essays and Opinions on Nepal

Author: Manjushree Thapa

"‘The massacre at Doramba went on to become one of the few war-time crimes that lingered, unresolved and problematic, in Kathmandu’s public recollection. Who had ordered the massacre? Why had the army even arrested Maoists during a ceasefire? For a few years Doramba was on everyone’s lips… and yet, and yet…. Even back in 2003, it seemed unlikely that we would ever find out why there had been a massacre. Would we ever recover the truth about all the lives we had lost? We knew we had to. But would we?’ In The Lives We Have Lost Manjushree Thapa resolutely probes the dramatic transformations witnessed in Nepal during the period 1990 to 2009—spanning the dark years of the atrocity-ridden Maoist insurgency and counter-insurgency, the quagmire caused by the disarray of the democratic political parties, King Gyanendra Shah’s military coup and subsequent overthrow, and the launch of a thorny peace process fraught with uncertainty led by India and the United Nations. In Forget Kathmandu : An Elegy for Democracy Manjushree Thapa traced the history of Nepal’s monarchy and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century. The essays in this collection—by turns reportorial, impassioned, humorous and deeply personal—offer a portrait of a nation still in search of democracy. "

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"‘Manjushree Thapa writes of her native Nepal with a voice of anguish, credibility and profound eloquence’ —Kai Bird, Pultizer-Prize-winning author of Leaving Mandelbaum.

Gate ‘Manjushree Thapa... reveal[s] to the world more about Nepal—the land and its people—than anyone has ever done’—Sunday Express "

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Penguin Books India


15 Nov 2011





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Non-Fiction, History, City





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