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What It Feels Like to Be a Bomb

Deborah Baker: ‘The Association of Small Bombs’, 30 June 2016

The Association of Small Bombs 
by Karan Mahajan.
Chatto, 288 pp., £12.99, July 2016, 978 0 7011 8260 1
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... an American horror genre, perhaps the low-intensity bomb blast is the subcontinent’s equivalent. Karan Mahajan’s second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, opens on a scorching Delhi day in 1996 and ends several years after the attacks of 9/11. The period and setting are significant. In the early 1990s the sudden arrival in India of Western ...

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