A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) is a game-changing novel that established Mohammed Hanif as a prominent author in the small but distinctive world of contemporary anglophone Pakistani writers, as well as a celebrated participant of world literature. The novel won the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Best First Book, together with being shortlisted for the 2008 Booker Prize, and garnered both critical and academic success.
A Case of Exploding Mangoes is based on true events. On 17 August 1988 in Bahawalpur the “Pak One” C-130 Hercules aeroplane crashed to the ground in a ball of fire, killing the President of Pakistan, General Muhammed Zia-ul-Haq, together with a number of Army officers and the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Raphel.
Citation: Veyret, Paul. "A Case of Exploding Mangoes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39103, accessed 09 December 2023.]