Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel, The Watch, takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan.
Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya brilliantly recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister.
The result is a tour through the reality of this very contemporary conflict, and our most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war.
“We watch as the resistance of an isolated American garrison in Afghanistan is ground down, not by force of arms but by the will of a single unarmed woman, holding inflexibly to an idea of what is just and right.” -J.M. Coetzee, recipient of the Nobel Prize and a two-time Man Booker Prize winner
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The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya – Excerpt
Read Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s original essay on writing his novel The Watch, the first major novel about the Afghanistan War.
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The Watch will be available from Hogarth wherever books are sold on June 5, 2012.
JOYDEEP ROY-BHATTACHARYA was born in Jamshedpur, India, and educated in politics and philosophy at Calcutta University and the University of Pennsylvania. His novels, The Gabriel Club and The Storyteller of Marrakesh, have been published in 11 languages in 16 countries.