Birdwatching: A Novel

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Author: Stephen Alter

9789391047405 | HB | pp. 364 | 2022 | Aleph Book Co

Birdwatching: A Novel by Stephen Alter is a captivating tale of intrigue and mystery set against the backdrop of the 1962 Sino-Indian war.

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Birdwatching: A Novel by Stephen Alter follows American ornithologist Guy Fletcher, who is recruited into the CIA and sent straight into the heart of a secret war raging in the Himalaya. Alongside him are his two unlikely partners—the enigmatic Captain Imtiaz Afridi of the Indian Military Intelligence, whom he meets on a hunting trip in Kashmir, and the mysterious but alluring Kesang Sherpa, who saunters into his world in Kalimpong. With their missions and emotions inextricably entwined, the three must learn to trust their own instincts, and one another, to uncover what lies beneath the dazzling Himalayan snow.

The novel delves into the world of birdwatching, intertwining the beauty of nature with the complexities of human relationships and historical events. Through the lens of birdwatching, Alter weaves a narrative that not only explores the art of observing birds but also delves into deeper themes of loss, introspection, and the impact of war on individuals. With a richly detailed setting and a narrative that unfolds with suspense and depth, Birdwatching offers readers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical context, and compelling storytelling that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

Author:

Stephen Alter

ISBN:

9789391047405

Binding:

Hardcover

Pages:

364

Year of Publication:

2022

Publisher:

Aleph Book Co.

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Stephen Alter is the author of more than fifteen books of fiction and non-fiction. His honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright award. His memoir, Becoming a Mountain, received the 2015 Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan literature. His fictional account of Jim Corbett’s life In the Jungles of the Night was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, 2017. He was writer-in-residence for ten years at MIT and directed the writing programme at the American University in Cairo. He is founding director of the Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival.

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