Urdu publisher of controversial book ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ shortlisted for the Prix Voltaire award

Maktaba-e-Daniyal publishing house came under fire recently after publishing the Urdu version of 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes'.

Pakistani publishing house Maktaba-e-Daniyal has been shortlisted for the International Publishers Association’s (IPA) Prix Voltaire award. The award is presented to those publishing houses ‘who stand firm on the freedom to publish, be it as longstanding defenders of these values or having recently published works despite pressure, threats, intimidation or harassment from various sources.’

Maktaba-e-Daniyal came under fire recently after publishing the Urdu version of ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’. Muhammad Hanif’s controversial comical novel talks about General Zia ul Haq’s death. The book also won the Best First Book Award in 2009.

Hanif took to Twitter to announce the news. He also called out media outlets for giving no coverage to the news.

”TV NEWS walo, ticker hi chala do. Can’t remember last time a Pakistani publisher was nominated for such a fabulous international award: IPA Reveals 2020 Prix Voltaire Shortlist”, he wrote. 

Turkish publishing house Avesta Yayinlari, Gerakbudaya Publishing House from Malaysia and Liberal Publishing House in Vietnam have also been shortlisted.

The award honours those who are determined to exercise their fundamental right of freedom of speech despite the challenges. It also has a cash prize of $9,000.

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  • I have this book I read it few years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s written by a Pakistani . I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing reading this book. I would highly recommend this book. Being a Pakistani it made me relive the moments I experienced living in Pakistan around my army relatives .

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