This darkly satirical debut novel heralds a major new voice from Bangladesh.
Struggling newspaper-editor Hissam is finding it harder and harder to pretend that believing in your work is just as satisfying as landing a big promotion. His old college friend Kaiser has fared considerably better as one of the city's wealthiest property developers, who also happens to be married to the woman of Hissam's drams. Hissam's chance to strike it big presents itself in the form of a military-backed Emergency that upends the country's social order. Choosing to back different sides, Hissam and Kaiser find themselves trading places in a way that chances their relationship, and their lives, forever.
"Darkly funny. A strong new voice from Bangladesh."
"Anis Ahmed's rage at the military-backed Emergency in Bangladesh is palpable. His skill in creating well-defined characters, and the fast pace of the actions, make this a suspense-filled pager-turner."
- Bapsi Sidhwa
"Insightful, detailed and poignant. K. Anis Ahmed's pen will hold the reader's attention till the last page."
– Shashi Tharoor
"A gripping and thoughtful novel about personal loyalties in a world torn by politics and violence."
Title: The World in My Hands
Publisher: Vintage Books