Posted on January 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An eleven-year-old book is just now causing drama for its author and publisher.

Mohammed Hanif published A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a satire about the death of Pakistan’s military dictator, in 2008.

But the Booker-longlisted novel wasn’t available in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language, until late last year.

The translation appears to have drawn authorities’ attention to the novel, reports the Guardian.

Harif posted on Twitter that men claiming to be with Pakistan’s military spy agency entered his publisher’s office, seized all copies of his novel in Urdu, threatened the manager, and demanded information on where the author was.

A spokesperson for the agency denied these claims.

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