The Lives We Have Lost


  • Author: Manjushree Thapa
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-13: 9780143417590
  • Pages: 280
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2011


About The Book

The massacre at Doramba went on to become one of the few war-time crimes that lingered, unresolved and problematic, in Kathmandu s public recollection. Who had ordered the massacre? Why had the army even arrested Maoists during a ceasefire? For a few years Doramba was on everyone s lips … and yet, and yet … Even back in 2003, it seemed unlikely that we would ever find out why there had been a massacre. Would we ever recover the truth about all the lives we had lost? We knew we had to. But would we?

In The Lives We Have Lost Manjushree Thapa resolutely probes the dramatic transformations witnessed in Nepal during the period 1990 to 2009 spanning the dark years of the atrocity-ridden Maoist insurgency and counter-insurgency, the quagmire caused by the disarray of the democratic political parties, King Gyanendra Shah s military coup and subsequent overthrow, and the launch of a thorny peace process fraught with uncertainty led by India and the United Nations.

In Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy Manjushree Thapa traced the history of Nepal s monarchy and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century. The essays in this collection by turns reportorial, impassioned, humorous and deeply personal offer a portrait of a nation still in search of democracy.

About The Author

Manjushree Thapa is the celebrated author of The Tutor of History, Seasons of Flight and Tilled Earth (a collection of short stories). Her non-fiction books include Mustang Bhot in Fragments, Forget Kathmandu and A Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung and several translations of Nepali literature, most recently The Country Is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature. Forget Kathmandu was a finalist in the 2006 Lettre Ulysses award for literary reportage. She lives in Kathmandu and Toronto.