Of Gardens and Graves: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics
Suvir Kaul is A. M. Rosenthal Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the author, most recently, of Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies.
Javed Dar is an award-winning photojournalist with the Xinhua News Agency in Srinagar and has covered the conflict in Kashmir for more than a decade.
The author provides an autobiographical account of his visits to his family home in Kashmir and of the reasons that he embarked on this book. His first articles on Kashmir reported on what he observed there, particularly the massive militarization of daily life. He writes of his working with collaborators to collect and translate poems written in Kashmiri during these conflict years so that these poems might be analyzed as an archive of conflict, trauma, and resistance.