Curfewed Night: One Kashmiri Journalist's Frontline Account of Life, Love, and War in His Homeland



Basharat Peer, author, Curfewed Night and Fellow, Open Society Institute

In conversation with

Pankaj Mishra, author, Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond

Curfewed Night is a brave and unforgettable piece of literary reporting that reveals the personal stories behind one of the most brutal conflicts in modern times. Since 1989, when the separatist movement exploded, around 70,000 people have been killed in the battle between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Born and raised in the war-torn region, Basharat Peer brings this little-known part of the world to life in haunting, vivid detail. It is a tale of a man's love for his land, the pain of leaving home, and the joy of return'as well as a fierce and moving piece of reportage from an intrepid young journalist.

"Describing the ruin of Kashmir, Curfewed Night doesn't only shock, it challenges our most cherished beliefs'in democracy, rule of law, and the power of individual conscience. Everyone should read it.''Pankaj Mishra, author of Temptations of the West

"The story of Kashmir has never been told before so evocatively and profoundly. Peer writes with the skill of a novelist, the insight of a journalist and the evocative power of a poet."'Ahmad Rashid, author of The Taliban and Descent Into Chaos

"A passionate and important book'a brave and brilliant report from a conflict the world has chosen to ignore."'Salman Rushdie

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Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 pm EST. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to

Join the online discussion: What are the prospects for solving the Kashmir conflict? Is a resolution possible?

Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy.

Event Details

Mon 12 Apr 2010
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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$10 Asia Society members; $12 student w/ID; $15 nonmembers
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