Talwar's novel set in modern-day Afghanistan takes a volatile topic--a jihadist preparing to attack a guesthouse in Kabul--and explores the characters involved with empathy and insight. The novel--which is thematically reminiscent of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner--isn't so much about war, but about the consequences of war. Deeply disturbing but also moving; will haunt readers long after the last page.Kirkus ReviewFIVE STARS
The Sentimental Terrorist
is set the night before an actual terror attack in a guest house for foreign aid workers in Kabul, in September 2009. This is a powerful book, and one that will satisfy even the most seasoned observer of Afghanistan's compelling role in world affairs.
The story is not just about terrorism and war; it is also about love--or three love stories, to be more accurate. While Kabul may not be Verona, Talwar's tale is Shakespearean at its heart.ForeWord Reviews
About the Author
War-zone veteran, UN staff member and writer Rajesh Talwar has authored more than a dozen books. This is his second novel based in Afghanistan, in which he has fictionalised a personal trauma. At present he lives and works in a tropical island not far from Australia. You can find out more about him at redroom.com/author/rajesh-talwar/publishedwork and www.amazon.com/author/rajeshtalwar .