THE WATCH - Reviews
- Best of Fiction 2012
- Publishers Weekly
- Open Letters Monthly
- The Independent
- Belfast Telegraph
- Boston Bibliophile
- Shortlisted for the Boeke Prize, South Africa
- Best of Summer 2012:
- Christian Science Monitor
- Chronicle-Journal (Canada)
- The Columbus Dispatch
- National Post (Canada)
- Sacramento Bee
- Sydney Morning Herald
- USA Today
- Vancouver Sun
- Amazon.com Best Books of the Month, June 2012
"We watch as the resistance of an isolated American garrison in Afghanistan is ground down, not by force of arms but by the will of a single unarmed woman, holding inflexibly to an idea of what is just and right."
--J.M. Coetzee, recipient of the Nobel Prize and a two-time Man Booker Prize winner
"Roy-Bhattacharya re-animates the timeless themes of Antigone...This brave, visceral novel breaks new ground and does what previous versions of Antigone never have: It makes each character deeply humane, challenging the reader to sympathize with every one of them."
--Jaya Aninda Chatterjee, National Public Radio
"[The Watch] achieves a subtle balance of dramatic forces--personal morality and public order, duty to God and duty to country--that gives it a philosophical depth and wrenching humanity...Mr. Roy-Bhattacharya brings a rigorous and often disquieting sense of empathy to each of his clashing characters. There is no outright villain here, only the collision of people stubbornly holding to what they believe to be right and honorable. This is the essence of tragedy, and it makes The Watch the first great novel of the war in Afghanistan."
--Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
"Every war spawns its major literary works, and Roy-Bhattacharya's powerful, modern take on the Afghanistan armed conflict resonates with the echoes of Joseph Heller, Tim O'Brien, and Robert Stone."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Difficult to put down, powerful, eloquent, and even haunting."
--Thomas Gaughan, Booklist, starred review
"The Watch is the most brilliant novel to be written about one of the defining events of the start of the 21st century. With this book, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya has proved himself to be the modern Norman Mailer. The Watch is a stunning account of war, of the terrifying range of emotions, the despair and the sheer fatigue which men have to endure in combat. It is a must-read for anyone interested in our common humanity and the terrible things we do to each other. The Watch is quite simply superb."
--Rob Minshull, ABC Brisbane
"This novel should place Roy-Bhattacharya among the best Indian authors writing in English."
--Sekhar Raha, The Telegraph (India)
"A poignant and important book about one of the defining events of the start of the 21st century; it is devastatingly eloquent and unequivocal about the fact that there is no glory or beauty in war."
--Fatima Bhutto, author of Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir
"The Watch is an important war novel ... Here's a question: How can any of us know what to think of a war, now in its 11th year, that takes up less room in our psyches than a half-dozen televised talent shows? The parades don't help, nor do the news media, whose human interests lie elsewhere. Instead there are books and movies -- precious few just now, if we're lucky more to come -- to ask us why we sent so many to their deaths, and to tell us what it tasted and smelled and felt like to be there during those last moments. Elsewhere Roy-Bhattacharya has said that it takes 'a special brand of moral blindness to ignore these wars in which your compatriots are dying and write about something else instead.' He's right."
--Josh McCall, Dallas Morning News
"An important book for our times, in which one woman's determination and refusal to consent sets an example of courage and honesty."
--Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland and Turbulence
"The Watch is a powerful tale, courageous both in concept and creation: an ancient tale made modern, passed through different narrators in extraordinary shape shifting prose that makes this not just an important novel, but a remarkable read."
--Aminatta Forna, author of Orange Prize shortlisted The Memory of Love
"Playing with the myth of Antigone, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya has crafted an eloquent and intimate look at the types of events still occurring on a daily basis. At the Tarsandan combat outpost, as the woman refuses to leave and questions mount about her true intentions, everything comes into question--what's right and wrong? why are we here? Barbaric, heartfelt, heartbreaking, and lyrical, this is a primal and beautiful work. And a page-turner to the very last page."
--Neal Thomson, Amazon.com Best Books of the Month, June 2012
"The Watch stands as the quintessential epic tragedy of our times, the ultimate indictment of our human inability to communicate and thus curb our ethnic, religious, cultural, political, and economic extremism ... Let's hope our children read the book as a rare and accurate glimpse of combat and the misfortune of what happens when people become disengaged from the policies of the elite."
--Paul Sullivan, Veterans for Common Sense
"Must read fiction. [A] subtle, discomfiting novel, a nonsequential tale that defies conventional storytelling. It contains first-person descriptions from characters who end up dead--traditionally a no-no in fiction, as it tricks the reader into believing such characters have "lived to tell the tale." And yet in a novel inspired by the tale of Antigone (who made her name by flouting the so-called rule of law), defying convention seems perfectly apt ... The threat of the unexpected is one of this novel's most charming enticements, along with its beautiful renderings of the harsh Afghan landscape, where 'mountains look like serrated shadows rising into the air' ...Given the author's deft arrangement of scenes, readers will dutifully persevere to see what happens, even if the ending is foretold, tragic, and seemingly inevitable."
--Cameron Martin, The Daily Beast
"This jewel of a novel thus speaks to two great American calamities: a nation unable to stop making war, and a nation at war with women ... The author unerringly detects a profound, buzzing, stinging connection between a nation that cannot wage peace and its renewed oppression of women. What a triumph."
--Djelloul Marbrook, Chronogram
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's lyrical and poignant evocation of war is a potent reminder of the murderous futility of our imperial adventures in the Middle East. He captures the raw brutality of industrial warfare, along with its trauma, senselessness, random death and stupidity. His characters, including the soldiers who prosecute the war and the innocents whose lives are maimed and destroyed by it, are consumed alike in the vast orgy of death that sweeps across war zones to extinguish all that is human - tenderness, compassion, understanding and finally love. He forces us to face the evil we do to others and to ourselves."
--Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of NBCC finalist War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning
"Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch ... has ancient roots, being based on the story of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, who tries to get a decent burial for her brother after he is killed in conflict ... This suggests a timeless engagement with big themes -- precisely what the author wanted ... By bringing people face to face with death, it engages their deepest sense of what it is to be alive. In The Watch, it also forces the soldiers to consider their own identities -- the Antigone figure all but tears the American soldiers apart."
--Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (UK)
"A striking new novel draws inspiration from classical literature to paint a vivid portrait of modern war. ...As good as it is important. Roy-Bhattacharya goes from strength to strength in the closing stages of what develops into a remarkable novel, because of his use of memory filtered through the horrors of the moment. By drawing on classical literature, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya has fashioned a beautiful and heartfelt lamentation."
--Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
"SAND, sweat and inner turmoil are recurring themes in Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's latest novel, The Watch ... Although the Indian-born American author has never served in the military, he deftly uses his imagination as a tool and through the lives of several soldiers, tells us how the Afghan mission is lurching from one disaster to the next.
--Teenaz Javat, Dawn (Pakistan)
"[A] rendering as disturbing as Antigone and stands as an original itself ... Roy-Bhattacharya leads the reader down a path of discovery and demonstrates how misunderstanding can be perpetuated in what is ultimately a microcosm of the war itself ... Dream sequences that meld into reality, and vice versa, create a surreal atmosphere that crosses from the conscious world to the unconscious, mimicking the blurred line between life and death in combat. The Watch is a tale that illustrates the futility of war at its most basic level."
--Mark James, BookBrowse, featured review
"Roy-Bhattacharya finds in Antigone a myth that can expose the futile strains that war imposes on communities ... his lyrical prose captures superbly the brutal realities of combat."
--Francesca Angelini, The Sunday Times (UK)
"The power of Roy-Bhattacharya's novel is his understanding of all the motivations driving his players. None of their reasons is unreasonable... except as perceived by the other side... Roy-Bhattacharya's brutally honest portrayal of a remote Afghan confrontation explores the complexities of America's longest war."
--Bruce Jacobs, Shelf Awareness
"The heartbreak and confusion of war are grimly distilled in this story of a dead man's body and the battle of wills it occasions."
--The New Yorker
"I've had a hard time putting The Watch down since first cracking it ... It's remarkable for its grasp of the soldier culture, pop culture, military idiom, not to mention the complexity of the Afghan contemporary and historical reality."
--Linden MacIntyre, Scotiaband Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man and Why Men Lie
"The theme is epic -- the force of a single voice demanding justice, against impossible odds -- so it's fitting the author has taken the myth of Antigone as his inspiration. Antigone, daughter of King Oedipus, defied authority to claim her brother's dead body. In The Watch, ancient Greece becomes modern Afghanistan ... This novel is grim and desolate (it couldn't be anything else), written with a restrained power."
--Kate Saunders, The Times (UK)
"An engaging work of timeless imagination, both vivid and gritty."
--Dan Dervin, The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"Merciless and beautiful both, like the Central Asian outpost carved out of sand and war in which it is set, The Watch is a meticulous, gut-wrenching analysis of how we perpetuate violence. It is a reminder that we all--participants and onlookers alike--are complicit in the barbarities of war. It is our responsibility as writers to speak of the cruelty that each of us is capable of: cruelty that in the far-flung desert reaches of the empire, away from public scrutiny, seems to multiply with the wind's breath, like loess grains. Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya fulfills his responsibility superbly."
--Anna Badkhen, author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories and Waiting for the Taliban
"I felt within Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's pages a carefully attuned mind examining and analyzing all sides of the Afghanistan debate, an attitude found less frequently in fiction than in drama. It is a relief to hear it again in this novel, as the boundaries blur between good and bad, between new and old, between audience and actors, between them and us."
"Already being likened by US critics to the works of Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone for its unique take on the modern Afghanistan war, it deploys the ancient Greek myth of Antigone to sheet home the horrors of this contemporary conflict ... Roy-Bhattacharya breathes a 21st-century sensibility into this ancient tale by passing it through different narrators and he dazzles in his ability to inhabit the minds of his characters, particularly those of the soldiers. All in all, it's an extraordinary, shape-shifting telling that exacts a devastating emotional toll."
--Bron Sibree, The West Australian
"Have you ever read a novel with a constant soundtrack playing in your head? I have. The book was The Watch. The song was The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter. The Watch follows in a surprisingly straight yet ultimately original line from Catch-22, M*A*S*H, and Michael Herr's Vietnam memoir, Dispatches. [T]his is a novel which quite literally haunts the soul and fires the outrage against a war which should never have begun. The Watch is a book which bewitches and makes one think beneath its spell. As such, I suspect it will be the one great piece of writing that will emerge from a moment of military history which will inevitably, gratefully, be lost in a sandstorm of infamy."
--Hubert O'Hearn, The Paris Herald
"This harsh and brilliant novel about the American involvement in Afghanistan takes the story of Antigone as a kind of parallel myth ... This is a rich, unsettling, politically astute novel that will haunt you for a long time after you finish reading it."
--Kerrin Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald Pick of the Week
"This is probably the finest American novel so far about their experience of war-fighting in Afghanistan ... Using a cleverly structured, many-layered approach, it gives a thoughtful portrait of the state of America's soul through the brutal experience of a group of soldiers in a forward base in Kandahar province ... Marrying the language of the American street with the classical Antigone resonance, The Watch successfully and surprisingly elevates a contemporary war story into a timeless tragedy."
--D.C. Morrison, Book Oxygen (UK) Notable Book
"This is NOT a novel for those who want a nice, safe pleasure novel. This novel has guts, potency, and makes us face a stark reality."
--D.L. Keur, The Deepening World of Fiction featured pick
"It is common to speak of certain wars as 'tragedies,' with the implication that as terrible as such wars are, no one is to be blamed for them. This astonishing novel reclaims tragedy's primal roots and locates them in America's occupation of Afghanistan. The Watch is a work of beauty and terror, exacting in its realism, breathtaking in the range of its sympathy, devastating in its judgment."
--Peter Trachtenberg, author of The Book of Calamities and 7 Tattoos
"Simultaneously imagistic and stark, taut, tense and moving, layered through multiple first-person accounts, diary entries, ruminations, taciturn conversations, flashbacks and cussing, The Watch is a narrative of dislocation, loss, disintegration, a conflagration of hope and fear, nightmares and passions, paranoia and prescription pills, torn limbs and uncertain minds and all the different, insidious and scarred ways in which war marks people."
--Shalini Mukerji, Outlook India
"A novel, at a very intimate and humane level, on the tragedy and futility of war and the consequences for America, and the world, of their presence in Afghanistan."
--Sheridan Griswold, Mmegi (Botswana)
"No invader has ever won a war in Afghanistan, and this masterful novel partly explains why. It reworks Sophocles' Antigone, pitting a lone woman against US military might ... The book is particularly strong on men in combat, their bloodlust and their emotional frailty. A powerful reading experience."
--Lucy Sussex, Sydney Morning Herald
"Based on the Antigone myth in a modern setting, it explores humanity's ultimate distrust of each other and our destruction of the culture we are trying to save. Verdict: Tense, gripping and suspenseful."
--Yasmin Graffin, Cairns Post (Australia)
"Since I've embedded in similar locations to The Watch's fictional combat outpost, I can tell that Joydeep gets the language and behavior of the soldiers pretty much absolutely right ... So speaking as a veteran ...I can say it rings true. It's amazing to me that an Indian writer, without military experience, who has never travelled to Afghanistan, could convey such honest voices - not just of the Afghan woman, and an interpreter - but of those soldiers. [It] takes an enormous amount of empathy and skill to create believable characters from a distinct and unfamiliar culture, which Joydeep accomplishes."
--Nathan Webster, War on Terror News
"The non-linear narrative is brilliantly handled, splintered as it is into multiple viewpoints of overlapping perspectives that also include memories and daydreams ... As a study of the American military experience in Afghanistan and as a wider commentary on the devastation of war, it's a visceral imagining that's scarily close to the truth. Roy-Bhattacharya's multifaceted narrative allows empathy for those on either side of the garrison, and the harsh physical conditions of the occupied country are beautifully rendered, from the sandstorms that lacerate with a million pinpricks, to the colours of the desert."
--Thuy On, The Age, Melbourne
"NOTHING much changes in war. Its cruel inhumanities and soaring nobility have inspired writers through the generations to question the human condition and to ponder our future as a species while we play such fatal games ... The strength of this book lies in its tight focus on an otherwise unimportant and undistinguished moment in a war some consider to be ill-conceived and pointless."
--Daily Telegraph, Sydney
"This is a carefully and fully realized novel. Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, author of two previous, widely published and acclaimed novels, is excellent at presenting the isolation of the Americans in a landscape of desert and foothills, as well as the feelings of isolation inside their heads ... Beyond partisan politics or hysterical reactions, Roy-Bhattacharya has given us a brilliant account of the experience of occupiers and occupied."
--Michel Basilières, The Toronto Star
"This is a book about death and about the arrivals at, and the departures from, the statistics of war ... Each chapter wanders about inside one of the characters' heads, drawing links and relations and throwing to back-stories and stream-of-consciousness passages. In doing so, all the confusions and cultural gaps, the ridiculous rules and the flickering human moments of war are skilfully highlighted ... Pile such moments upon each other and you have the sum of a war, the justification for peace and a reason for debate. The sort of debate that's been raging since at least the ancient Greeks."
--James Rose, Courier Mail, Brisbane
"Classicists might recognise in Roy-Bhattacharya's scorching, tightly-wired new novel the story of Antigone - Not only is Antigone a metaphor for the seeming intractable schism of understanding between East and West, it's a reminder that blood feuds are as old as humanity itself."
--Claire Allfree, The Metro, UK
"You will remember her voice, this Afghan Antigone! You will remember this American First Sergeant, and this American First Lieutenant! What a masterpiece of the art of fiction--proof, if any were needed, that the Muse is real. Author Roy-Bhattacharya, neither Afghan nor American, faithfully sees and hears the good in both sides, and blows us off our feet in the shock wave from their explosive collision."
--Jonathan Shay MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America
"What is not always found in war novels but features prominently here is the fierce grandeur of the landscape and the terrible conditions in which the men fight ... Roy-Bhattacharya arouses immense sympathy for the soldiers, while not idealizing them ... If not heroic, they do form a stark contrast to the rest of us trapped in the Age of Creon."
--Philip Marchand, National Post Open Book featured review
"Rejecting the idea that ongoing armed conflicts are for journalists, not novelists, this Indian-American writer has set his third book in present-day Afghanistan. On one level it recasts Sophocles' tragedy Antigone, telling the story of a local woman who approaches the U.S. Army base her brother had attacked, hoping to bury his body. But it's also a contemporary rumination on a clash of cultures and ideologies. Roy-Bhattacharya tells his story from multiple, conflicting points of view -- this is fiction that forces us to react, to feel, perhaps even to change our minds."
--Mike Doherty, National Post (Canada) Summer Fiction Picks
"Roy-Bhattacharya demonstrates not only deep knowledge of the political circumstances of the war in Afghanistan, of the intricacies of problematical American policies; he also has a sensitivity to the nuances of various American regionalisms, as represented, for example, in flashbacks to scenes in the lives of the narrators back at home, in differences of dialect, and in musical tastes (especially noteworthy is the gap between blues and hip-hop in First Sergeant Whalen's Louisiana)."
--David Landrey, ArtVoice
"A great read on the human condition."
"The fog of war doesn't begin to describe what awaits the American soldiers in Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's novel The Watch ... Roy-Bhattacharya consulted with front-line officers to get his details right. His description of the firefight in a sandstorm is gripping and terrifying; so are his overlapping accounts of the ethical and military decisions that young men, fatigued, distraught and unsupported, have to make."
--Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"If you want a book that's going to pull you in a dozen different emotional directions, confuse you, intrigue you, then rip your heart into shreds, The Watch is the book for you. It's a brilliant, multi-dimensional examination of the war in Afghanistan told from different points of view. [A] really incredible book. It will truly stay with you for a long time after you put it down, and you won't want to."
--The Boston Bibliophile
"[H]ere's a novel that has a little different slant on modern combat--it puts us on the other side of the concertina wire ringing the American compounds in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Watch takes the classic story of Antigone and puts in the tense, frightening setting of sand, heat and hair-trigger nerves."
--David Abrams, author of Fobbit
"[H]eralded as a captivating war drama ... the book reads like a Greek tragedy, recreating the chaos and intensity of battle, and the inevitable repercussions felt by the people involved in the war."
--Juhi Baveja, Harper's Bazaar (India)
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya recasts a Greek tragedy with the conflicted actors in the Afghan war for a powerful parable. [The] descriptions of Afghanistan here are powerful, evoking the brutal and majestic landscape of that hard country ... In a way, the book reminded me of Oliver Stone's Platoon, a film that follows the lives of those in Vietnam War. In The Watch, we get powerful portraits of the Americans trapped in a different quagmire, with the Afghans as the victims and spectators."
--Timeri Murari, Tehelka (India)
"The Watch is an intensely emotional portrayal of war that will get underneath your skin. This recent release by Indian-born New York-based author Joydeep Bhattacharya has made me think more than any other book I've read recently. The interesting thing about this intense novel is how it grew on me more the further I got into it, slowly turning me from sceptic to convert ... This book allowed me to contemplate this side of war in a way that I wouldn't normally, seeing the soldiers as men with different motivations and backgrounds, just as diverse as those who have fought in every war. I recommend this novel wholeheartedly as serious food for thought."
--Lex Hirst, Shearers Books, Sydney
"What it's about: Set in modern Afghanistan, this tragic tale about a sister who demands that American soldiers return her brother's body echoes the Greek tragedy 'Antigone.' -Why it's hot: 'Publishers Weekly' compared the Indian-born novelist to past masters of the war novel like Joseph Heller, Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone."
--USA Today Summer Books Literary Fiction Pick
"From the very exciting launch of the British imprint Hogarth in the United States comes a raw and poignant tale of the war in Afghanistan. Inevitable repercussions for the soldiers and citizens of the country play out viscerally in a novel that takes its cues from the Antigone myth. There is much to learn and then to think about here."
--Dana Bringham, Indy Next List June Great Read
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's third novel, The Watch, transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren present-day Kandahar. Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base, where she seeks permission to bury her brother Yusuf. Her interactions with the American soldiers reanimate the timeless themes of Antigone -- the pitting of female determination against male authority, the spirit of the law against the letter of the law."
"At an American military outpost in Kandahar Province, a group of men (and one woman) are being held hostage--by their individual experiences, beliefs, prejudices, and philosophies. For all their best intentions, what they face is unprecedented--not only the woman who waits outside their gates, refusing to leave--but also the harsh realities of a war that even the most seasoned veteran doesn't quite understand. What happens over the course of only a few days is brought forth through the shifting realities and dreams of these young men. When strong winds stir up Afghan sands, it can be impossible to see what is right in front of you. And, when the dust has settled, what has been laid to waste will be your own heart."
"Indian novelist Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya adapts the Greek tragedy of Antigone to present-day Afghanistan, telling a harrowing story of a woman who demands the return of her brother's body and refuses to leave a US military base in Kandahar."
--Christian Science Monitor Best Books of Summer 2012
"A heartbreaking look at the nature and reality of war."
--The Wichita Eagle
"This retelling of Antigone gives a voice to all the major participants in the ensuing confrontation, augmenting the classic tragedy with the clash of two systems that have little comprehension of one another. A powerful, thought-provoking modern day tale that sympathetically shows our Forces and their impossible mission against the backdrop of the misery of the people of the country we have occupied for more than a decade."
--Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common
"[A] remarkable book. And, of course, I read it as an anti-war book. I am rereading this. It is my second "If I Were Oprah" pick of the summer. It's really good."
--Frisbee: A Book Journal
"In his new novel, The Watch, Indian-born New York-based writer Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya transforms the story of Antigone into a painful examination of the war in Afghanistan. His hero is a woman with Antigone's tunnel-vision convictions - she wants what is just and fair, here, the body of her brother back from US soldiers."
--Joel Meares, Time Out Sydney
"Heartbreaking and haunting."
--The Ithaca Indy
"The horror and futility of war--on both the battlefield and the home front--weave their way through this timely achievement. Recommended for fans of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and particularly for readers interested in international settings or military issues."
--Jenn Stidham, Library Journal
"The Watch captures the troops' suspicion, angst. Roy-Bhattacharya gives a viewpoint chapter to Nizam and to several American soldiers who consider her request with suspicion. To his credit, his soldiers are differentiated and don't share the same views of Nizam, military discipline and the American mission in Afghanistan."
--The Columbus Republic
"A quickie description of "Antigone meets Rashomon" could suffice in a pinch, but it doesn't begin to describe the depth and richness of this superb novel ... The Watch gives the back story for Afghanistan in the way that For Whom the Bell Tolls does for the Spanish Civil War, or Matterhorn for Vietnam. Roy-Bhattacharya's spare, driving prose cuts through the stereotype of each character to reveal the three-dimensional human being underneath. I connected--deeply--with each of the players in this modern tragedy, which made the final denouement a moving, visceral experience. Unforgettable, and necessarily so: some things we should never forget."
"A remarkable book."
--Studio TV (Australia) For the Love of Books
"If this story of mourning in contemporary Afghanistan--an isolated, essentially tribal society perennially overrun by world-historical occupiers--lends itself to tragedy as a narrative form more readily than it might in other settings, Roy-Bhattacharya is a novelist who seems to understand the competing moral imperatives well enough to not impose his own postmodern, post-colonial interpretations on the human drama."
--R. D. Pohl, Buffalo News
"[A] book that ... squarely involve[s] the civilian reader in the kind of decision making and moral quandaries that are the soldiers' fate."
--Red Weather Review
"The Watch is one of the first artistic responses to the current war in Afghanistan ... this deeply affecting novel takes an unflinching look at the realities of combat in the treacherous terrain of the Afghan mountains and of the NATO presence there, making for a powerful contemporary novel of a war that has repercussions for us all."
"This miraculous book opens with thoughts, words and deeds of an 'Antigone in Kandahar.' Her demand simply the right to bury her brother, she confronts the Moloch of the American military machine. The miracle is that its author takes us with equal empathy through the hearts and minds of one after another rank and type of American soldier, each of whom in the end finds himself unable to turn away from her. Changes of dawn and dusk, of clear mountain peak and all-consuming sandstorm, wash all the while across the writing as each soldier's humanity and fury demand our fullest attention."
--William Mullen, Professor of Classics, Bard College
"Roy-Bhattacharya shows himself adept with descriptive prose and the build-up to the fire-fight is brilliantly realised."
--William Rycroft, Just William's Luck
"[A] poignant tale of the war in Afghanistan. Inevitable repercussions for the soldiers and citizens of the country play out viscerally in a plot that takes its cues from the Antigone myth."
--The Columbus Dispatch
"The Watch is a story told before - the myth of Antigone. This time it is told in present-day Afghanistan ... A gripping novel which exposes the futility of this conflict."
--Meneesha Govender, Durban Daily News (South Africa)
"At once captivating and heartbreaking, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's novel The Watch is a sad and beautiful exploration of the toll of war ... Roy-Bhattacharya approaches the scene as would a movie director, zooming in on details and angles that vary from chapter to chapter. Voices, tones, speech patterns, beliefs, suspicions, energies change with each subsequent narrator. This is a book that puts you on edge, that makes your heart hurt for the victims of war, as well as those fighting it and their families ... This is a moving read for anyone touched by war, either directly or as a spectator."
--Amina Elahi, Divanee (Pakistan) June Book of the Month
"Antigone, the mythological heroine of Sophocles' 2,500-year-old drama, pleads with King Creon to allow her to bury her brother, who died in battle. It must be done or the gods will be unhappy ... A beautiful re-enactment of this tragedy plays out in the dust of a forlorn outpost in Afghanistan when a young woman parks herself outside a fort and pleads with American soldiers stationed there to give her the body of her brother slain in the conflict ... So worthwhile to read this lyrical drama about the horror of war ..."
--Kathleen Daley, Newark Star-Ledger
"When a woman approaches a group of soldiers based in Kandahar demanding they procure her brother's body, they must wonder if her intentions are pure, if she suffers from insanity or if she has ulterior motives. Either way, she remains resolute in her mission, stationing herself alongside the army base causing tensions among the soldiers, unsure of how to handle the situation. Through this lens, Roy-Bhattacharya uses a familiar story of loss to examine Afghanistan as it exists today."
--The Poughkeepsie Journal
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's new book, The Watch, is a novel of war set against the backdrop of the American military intervention in Afghanistan. 'Harrowing' is an overused word in book reviews and blurbs, but the storytelling in The Watch is entirely deserving of the adjective."
--Justin Sorbara-Hosker, Indigo (Canada)
"I am a big fan of multiple first-person perspective and the author uses it to great effect here. The way the story unfolds requires you to continually examine and reexamine what you thought you knew. You walk in the steps of each of these characters, you live in their minds. Roy-Bhattacharya powerfully evokes the emotional state of each character to create an incredibly moving work. This is a novel that pulls you in and makes you feel you are standing alongside the characters. The action pieces spring on you with a suddenness that makes it all the more stunning and powerful ... This is a beautiful and heartfelt work, reminiscent of Slaughterhouse Five. It is intense and will resonate long after you put it down. Highly recommended."
--Tad Ottman, JADBB
"During the past decade, 1,800 American service members have been killed in Afghanistan while 90,000 troops remain there. But, as author Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya writes, "the reality of war is that we've become desensitized to what those numbers truly represent -- human lives." The author has chosen a fictional narrative to bring to life the truths of war."
--Steve Goddard, History Wire
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya uses a minor incident outside the wire of a small American outpost to show conflicting obligations in war and their lamentable implications ... The Watch tells us a great deal about the paradoxes at the heart of the war in Afghanistan and the unfolding tragedy there."
--Brian M Downing, author of The Paths of Glory: Social Change in America from the Great War to Vietnam and The Military Revolution and Political Change
"A modern-day Antigone, complete with a resolute heroine who is determined to bury her brother, this is a story with as many narrators as there are characters. There are the accented tones of Afghani men and women, as well as the Southern twang of a variety of American soldiers and their commanders. It's an ambitious novel but perhaps more spectacularly so in the audio edition because of the ensemble cast of voices that brings the story to life."
"Switching between different points of views as well as the past and present, it gives an incredibly strong and real sense of what living there and waiting for action or inaction must be like, the almost hallucinatory qualities of sleeplessness, fear, boredom, the intensity of it all."
--Wheelers Books (Australia)
"The Watch proves once again that in life, there are few absolutes--that while one way of thinking or doing things may be right, there is always another way of approaching the issue ... a gripping, deeply affecting book that exposes the realities of war."
--Shagorika Easwaran, Desi News (Canada)
"The Watch is an incredible story told from multiple perspectives ... Being a retired Army Sergeant First Class myself, I can relate with the perspectives of the Army characters portrayed in this novel. I suggest that no matter what your stance on our involvement in Afghanistan, no matter your politics, no matter what genre you enjoy reading, do yourself the favor of taking the time to read The Watch. You will not be disappointed."
--Kyle Steuven, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
"The Watch is mesmerizing and will draw you in from the first page."
--The Hungry Reader
"The tragedy of the novel appears not only in Nizam's story, but also in the narrative inequality which continually comes back to us as readers: how does one render what seems to be ultimately unrepresentable?"
--Stephen Hong Sohn, Asian-American Literature Journal
"Like Khaled Hosseini's bestselling The Kite Runner, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch uses the war in Afghanistan as a backdrop for an emotional, character-driven story written in moving prose."
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya is not just a novelist who knows how to grip the reader - he's also an anthropologist. He depicts living cultures, and lays them side by side for the reader to compare and admire. He makes us wish, even while showing us that it's impossible, for a happy ending."
--Saaz Aggarwal, Black and White Fountain
"The novel succeeds in transporting us to Afghanistan in a way not much other literature about the area does. We see the colors of the desert, the sun rising and setting on gorgeous mountain tops, the kinds of fruit grown in orchards. We taste the sand and feel it in our clothes, we live inside the fog that comes and goes with the time of day and weather. We even hear music. Above all, we are introduced to Afghan characters who are human beings-in the full range of what that means ... The powerful novel ... captures perfectly the terrible haze in which the daily action of war occurs--the blurry lines between right and wrong, the place of bureaucracy and hierarchy on the battlefield, the muddy reasoning that makes and fights war, the strained reality that follows a deadly fire fight. In the end, it is a tragic story of human beings and their frailties faced with the horrifying truth that is war."
--Sorayya Khan, author of Noor and Five Queens Road
"This book deserves a space on your bookshelf and in your heart. Joydeep has a lyrical style of writing that allows each character to take their space upon the stage and act out their part with emotion, perception and crumbling lives; which this book so eloquently divides into - perspectives and voices (overlapping each other in time and event) that paint a picture ... for the reader to leave with what they will."
--Itsabookthingblog.blogspot.com (South Africa)
"It seems as though it took years for fiction writers to process the impact of the Vietnam War in a meaningful way. It also seems as though the fiction emerging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is more immediate, rawer, and as significant as any that came out of Vietnam. I don't know why the two wars differ in that respect, nor which of the newer novels will survive, but in terms of sheer impact, The Watch has a good chance of being that book."
--Williamsburg Regional Library
"The Watch is unlike many war novels in that it is little concerned with the conflict itself. Rather, its focus rests primarily on the aftermath of disaster in the wake of war. Most compelling here are the various mechanisms characters employ in order to maintain their sense of self and their sanity as the world about them falls to pieces."
--Leon Hickey, Dubray Books, Blackrock (Ireland)
"An incredible book which is sure to stay in the minds of the readers long after they have done reading it."
"Interesting in its classical allusions and its treatment of the issues of war, honour and humanity ..."
--Kate Sidley, Books Live (South Africa)
"The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch all take different looks at war and war(s) but they share more than heavy emotional weight. If good fiction helps us to better understand the world we live in these books all helped me understand the current world in deeper ways."
--Hans Weyandt, Micawber's Books, St. Paul, Minnesota
"The first great novel of the Afghan war, depending on who you ask, is either Patrick Bishop's Follow Me Home or Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch."
--Andrew Ladd, Ploughshares
"Roy-Bhattacharya shows himself adept with descriptive prose and the build-up to the firefight is brilliantly realised."
--William Rycroft, Just William's Luck
"Opening with a haunting scene of a lone disabled woman who pitches up at a US army garrison in Afghanistan in search of her brother's corpse, The Watch immediately grips you."
--Venilla Yoganathan, The Mercury, South Africa
"After so many American hero-books, it is good to read about the voiceless Afghan (women), the futility of war, the misunderstandings and lack of trust and poor communication amongst men."
--Pauline Vijverberg, The Bluestocking Review
The Storyteller of Marrakesh - Reviews
The Storyteller of Marrakesh is an enigmatic fable in the tradition of "The Thousand and One Nights," an extended examination of its own narrative powers in which the stories within the stories come to resemble an intricate, miniaturist design. It is the evocation of place that truly animates the novel. The Djemaa el Fna is alive in a way many of the characters themselves are not - it is multidimensional, both metaphor and microcosm.
-Anderson Tepper, New York Times Book Review
Roy-Bhattacharya's writing is dense with imagery, transforming what could have been a mere mystery into a lyric experience.
-Frances Khairalla Noble, Al-Jadid
This is one sensual piece of work. Spectacular and magnificent ... So sensual and evocative, that I felt I was one of the people who sat down and listened as Hassan spun his tale in the Djemaa el Fna.
-Jeruen Dery, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Roy-Bhattacharya's descriptive powers are acute, and Marrakesh, the Djemaa, the Sahara, and the High Atlas Mountains are vividly rendered through all the senses. In a time when tensions between Islam and the West are fevered, The Storyteller of Marrakesh offers an agreeable change of pace.
-Thomas Gaughan, Booklist
In a world where a partial view towards a culture and society has engendered unfortunate stereotypes, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya brings a closer and more humane understanding of Islamic society. ... The tone of the novel has the feel of a desert. It has dust storms and cold night winds. They are grim, harsh, and direct. The sentence structure is clinical, almost sparse ... The multiple narratives stand out in the swirling sand dunes. ... Meanwhile, the book is a treat. Savour each chapter for its craft and sweep of imagination.
-Amandeep Sandhu, Businessworld
[A] multi-layered novel that juxtaposes the artistry of narration with a collision of cultures in the Jemaa (central square) of Marrakesh. [Roy-Bhattacharya] does a wonderful job of showing how the event - the disappearance of the couple - moves to story and eventually to myth.
-Russ Mayes, Richmond Examiner
Author Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya has woven a beautiful story that explores the intersection between our individual perceptions and reality. At this crossroads mingle truth, beauty and love, as well as more worldly concerns such as the divides between East and West, men and women, love and loyalty, the familiar and the unknown.
-Kim Schmidt, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The author's talent for describing Morocco, Marrakesh, and the Jemaa el Fna is breathtaking ... Treat yourself to a beautiful story with fascinating characters and a thrilling mystery.
-Kathryn Franklin, Portland Book Review
There are stories within stories, secrets within secrets in this elegantly crafted book that navigates the fine line between the real and the imagined.
-Asha Bunny Suraiya, India Today
The novel kept me spellbound ... In the midst of this affecting love story is the whole way of life of the citizens of Marrakesh described in perfectly wrought short stories which effect wonderful digressions in the plot ... The tone is always pitch perfect, part fabulist, part realistic, and each time Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya jumps off a storytelling cliff, he makes a three-point landing.
-Siddhartha Chowdhury, Biblio
The Storyteller of Marrakesh is a fabulous novel, totally strange and unpredictable ... There is an obviously elliptical and palimpsestic quality to the novel. ... [It] really flies by and you're left scratching your head at the ending; you immediately want to grab someone and ask if they've read it and ask if they understand what has happened.
-Stephen Hong Sohn, Asian-American Literature Journal
Mesmerizing ... In his breathtaking fiction, Roy-Bhattacharya explores love, desire and the clash of cultures in his quest to examine the Islamic world.
-Dylan Foley, Newark Star Ledger
The book's focus is on love, beauty and the elusive nature of truth, but it also works as a broad, discursive, and often beguiling presentation of Islamic culture.
-The New Sunday Express
If a story is a dance, The Storyteller of Marrakesh is one of poetic elegance.
-Courtney Webb, New York Journal of Books
[The] orality of traditional cultures is the basis for Roy-Bhattacharya's book. The tales waft into your senses as soft as an evening breeze, caressing your thoughts and awakening your dreams. Roy-Bhattacharya writes with such flair that when he explains something or describes a place, the reader can visualise it superbly in the mind's eye.
-Shana Susan Ninan, Indian Book Review
A narrative as intricate, mysterious, and beautiful as the mosaics created by one of its characters.
-Nina Shengold, Chronogram
Steeped in the ambience of Marrakesh, this exotic metafictional tale marks Roy-Bhattacharya's U.S. debut. ... Lovers of mysteries with ambiguous endings will also enjoy this novel.
-Andrea Kempf, Library Journal
The seductive nature of telling the story depends more on the embellishments by and personality of the storyteller than on sophisticated narrative techniques like allegory, allusions, literary tropes, and metaphors. The tenor and textuality of a story that is told to an audience is one thing; reading it silently to oneself is quite another. The Storyteller of Marrakesh, a brilliant novel that it is, works even better if it is read out aloud.
-Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, The Hindu Literary Review
Written by master storyteller Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya ... The Storyteller of Marrakesh is a magical tale.
-Ann La Farge, Hudson Valley News
In the end the book's actual fable is about the nature of storytelling, where the only thing that the listener can do is trust in the story. ... Roy-Bhattacharya's sense of place and descriptions are to be commended. He weaves language as mystical as the Jemaa.
-Anjana Basu, The Statesman
The Gabriel Club - English Language Reviews
"An impressive debut, serious and passionate."
"The Danube, in this novel, has become a landscape of the soul, an interior landscape for the melancholic and passionate solitude and uncertainty which is the destiny of human life on the banks of this river in the terrible meeting with the violence of its mystery."
"An astonishingly perceptive delineation of contemporary Eastern Europe. To the question of what is European in European literatures, I have only one answer, the shortest variant of which would be: Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, an Indian who lives in America. He is my hero among my fellow writers. In the world in which an 'identity kit' is something like a toothbrush - that is, something one cannot do without - he has chosen the most difficult way. He has thrown his 'identity kit' into the garbage in the name of freedom of literary choice, in the name of the freedom of literature."
"Roy-Bhattacharya has a well-read voice, an amply furnished mind, a studied utterance. When Indian writers drop the incubus of writing only about Indians and Indian reality, it's a refreshing denationalizing of talent and it's time for congratulations."
Indian Review of Books
"This extraordinary novel -- part mystery, part thriller, part meditation on the whys and wherefores of human existence -- firmly holds the reader until the very last page. Totally intriguing, this is a debut novel which is sure to cause a stir, not least because its author defies any stereotypical views of both Asian and East European styles of writing. Very highly recommended."
The Good Book Guide
"In this remarkable debut novel, the author tells us of a group of young dissidents in Budapest in the 70s who want to fight against oppression through their creative work."
Birmingham Post and Mail
"This thoughtful and thought-provoking first novel is an extended meditation on the nature of disillusionment and the death of idealism. It's also a compelling mystery with death, disappearance and a political struggle at its heart. Roy-Bhattacharya's style is rich and lyrical, and his knowledge and love create the novel's evocative landscape."
Jane Perry, The Observer
"Serious and complex ... a weighty meditation on Communism and its attendant ambiguities, moral compromises, and crises of identity. Undoubtedly a work of utmost gravity and its commitment is not in doubt."
Andrew M. Brown, Times Literary Supplement
"A delightful and unashamedly literary novel in which everything is uncertain. Roy-Bhattacharya's representation of the Budapest cityscape is as vivid and memorable as the story he tells."
Andrew Biswell, Daily Telegraph
"A novel that is as restrained as it is powerful in its effects. In The Gabriel Club veritable dreams intersect with a reality that seems to have no firm location in place or time, and no certain moral bearings. The effect - for once transcending cliché - is hallucinatory. The Gabriel Club is curious, intellectually questing and - in its wilful ways - haunting."
Peter Pierce, Newsweek, Australia
"This impressive debut is an extraordinary feat of imagination."
Alannah Hopkin, The Examiner
"A major creative achievement. This is an author with a rare confidence, someone who can work with personas, masks, and a European voice. This is not a book for those who revel in the colonial cousins of literature but for those who harbour a nostalgia for the tragic voice of the great god Pan: a voice that may still be heard by those who read Nietzsche on the birth of tragedy. For this is an author who has heeded Nietzsche's advice: a certain kind of discourse can only be addressed to those far away."
Shiva Kumar Srinivasan, Biblio
"A most remarkable and truly memorable reading experience, filled with hidden meanings and allegorical symbols. Written with formidable facility, this is a dense and profoundly unsettling work. Ranging from scenes of intensely imagined poetry to scenes of chilling cruelty, what emerges is a superbly nuanced view of human courage beset by adversity and evil. A dark, haunting and strangely moving debut."
Peter Scheuer, JMLS
"Ambitious in scope and extended in execution [with] echoes of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Much as noted Czechoslovakian writer Milan Kundera frequently alludes to events that took place in his homeland in 1968, Roy-Bhattacharya employs a similar treatment towards Hungary, while accordingly utilising a number of familiar themes - in particular, the singular importance of memory as an act of recording or dissolving the past."
Hamilton Smith, Canberra Times
"An unusual intellectual detective novel [with] interesting use of allegory ... deeply romantic."
Robert Farren, Sunday Independent
"A strong contender for literary fiction prizes, with its powerful story about the communist regime in Hungary and its collapse."
Maris Ross, Publishing News
"A serious debut, complicated, unpredictable. Its language is dreamlike and complex, and Roy-Bhattacharya refreshingly keeps away from traditional stereotypes. This is a sophisticated and complex novel, which provides an evocative insight into Budapest. Roy-Bhattacharya's description of the political changes over these twenty years is created through atmosphere alone, and so avoids the crassness associated with more overtly 'political' thrillers."
Irene Miller, LM
"Fevered writing that deftly shifts back and forward in time. A dazzling debut."
"The loss of idealism, a source of existential grief, a loss intensified by a helplessness in the face of history - these are the themes at the heart of this extraordinary novel. Written with an eye to confronting the terror of history in the absence of faith, this is a work of great imaginative power, containing scenes and images of disquieting beauty."
Richard Schonebeck, Forum
"Absorbing ... the author creates a firm sense of time and space; he evokes Budapest and its people with sympathy and intimate detail, and the mystery at the story's heart is sustained throughout. Sadly, it appears that this novel's political relevance is in no danger of fading."
Stephanie Merritt, The Sunday Observer
"Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya engages with one of the most profound historical issues of our time: the fall of communism and its aftermath. He writes with a commitment and passion that makes this one of the most memorable books of the year. A remarkable achievement."
Alok Rai, Outlook India Critics' Choice
"A cunningly crafted first book, both a page-turner and a philosophical discourse, an eclectic existential mystery on a group of dissidents - musicians, writers, artists, poets - in Hungary in the 1970s."
Nandini Lal, The Hindustan Times
"A clever combination of adventure and mystery, told with considerable skill. A novel of great quality, and a first novel at that."
Tim Manderson, Publishing News Review
"A first novel about Eastern Europe, a terrain which still casts long shadows. The Gabriel Club enters this territory and gives the reader a new look at a world of intrigues where cause and effect have become so tangled that it takes an author to pick up the threads. Roy-Bhattacharya's book is about remembering and the dangers of the act. A fine book which deals with the idea of the present never being able to escape the past."
The Sunday Asian Age
"An accurate and impassioned rendering of love among the ruins of communism, written with tenderness and masterly power of indirect revelation. Roy-Bhattacharya conveys the sense of being an onlooker at his own retellings; he is astonished and shocked, as we are meant to be, by the trajectory of events."
Debjyoti Mallick, The Sunday Chronicle
"This accomplished first novel is a mystery and a love story, always with an eye on the damage caused by organised fear and suspicion."
"A verbal blitz. Almost cinematic in scope and texture."
Sumana Mukherjee, Indian Express Sunday Magazine
"Roy-Bhattacharya commands arresting imagery. His style has a confident fluency, achieving a sensuous touch which is appropriate and helps the story along."
John Mellors, London Magazine
"At one level, a political thriller. On another, a meditation on the way memory plays with the past. A novel about the collision of the personal and the political, the mutations of memory, and an Eastern Europe where post-totalitarian life casts a different but definite shadow on all things. High literature of the first degree."
Indrajit Hazra, Asian Age
"A remarkable debut novel that works both as a mystery and also as an exploration of Communism."
David Evans, Birmingham Post
"A very disturbing novel that accomplishes what it sets out to do - shock the reader out of his complacence and take note of the going-ons in the name of law and order, respectability, and other such jaded notions."
"A brilliant narrative laced with quotations from Dostoevsky, Kafka, Joyce. An engrossing piece of fiction, webbed together with strands of reflective and political discourse.
K. Kunhikrishnan, Sunday Hindustan Times
"Water in bold themes and images is everywhere - paintings where figures swim and are trapped underwater, sea birds plunging to their deaths - as [a nation] surfaces from oppression. A dazzling debut."
"After a regime of betrayal, surveillance and torture, do you put the past behind you or try to discover what happened? Poetic mystery with a moral-political spin."
Ruth Padel, Mail on Sunday
"Impressive and poetic."
Christopher Hirst, Independent
"A brilliant and compelling first novel that centres around the mysterious disappearance of a member of a dissident group in pre-Velvet Revolution Budapest."
Allison Culliford, High Life
"This book is unique. Slickly written, packed with dialogues, time-switches, a chapter ending in mid-sentence and the next starting from the bitten-off half. The book never palls and has some great moments. A splendid effort has been made to pierce to the heart of artistic characters, locked in desperate struggle with themselves and the future. We're going to hear more about Roy-Bhattacharya in the future."
Keki Daruwalla, Outlook
"The Gabriel Club is about Budapest, ideology and growing up. It is also about collaboration, deceit and the accomodations we reach with our present and former selves - ambitious."
The Glasgow Herald
"The Gabriel Club is the romance of dissent plus the mystery of liberation. In [this] lush and cerebral whodunit, memory is pitted against power. An intellectually fashionable subject for a well-read outsider."
"An intriguing book that deals with the dark shadowy world of communist and post-communist Europe. On a larger scale, The Gabriel Club is about the past and phenomenon of memory. Powerful writing from a newcomer."
"A debut novel whose intensity and multi-layered structure reveals itself to the discriminating reader."
Purabi Panwar, The Financial Express
"A superb mystery set during and after the fall of communism."
Peter Longcake, Bookseller
"A compelling mystery with a backdrop of the struggle between those who collaborated and those who resisted the communist regimes. Who has been winning this struggle is very clear when you see how successfully history is being whitewashed by the same people who once committed atrocities."
Neena De, Business Standard
"For a novel by an Indian, this book is refreshingly foreign. Roy-Bhattacharya knows his milieu well - languages, music - the works. That's what gives the novel the kind of authenticity it has. Set in communist Budapest, it doesn't have a word about India or an Indian in it. Lovely. About time we got out of our imaginative ghettos. Let foreigners talk about the corpse-littered Ganges and the dung in our streets. Let the Indian writer move to other pastures."
"A philosophical whodunit, a voyage towards the ideal, punctuated with hidden clues, allegorical symbols and narrative techniques."
Mini Kapoor, The Express Magazine
"A serious story, showing how the fear and loathing of communism can continue long after the regime itself has crumbled."
Eithne Tynan, Sunday Tribune
"An absorbing mystery, beautifully crafted, with characters that are very real. Dark and compelling."
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