Did you know that more than 600,000 books are published in the United States every year – and over 99 percent of them never see the light of day? This is, of course, a bad nightmare for every author who has already spent months or even years in writing a book or a similar publication.
The stories compiled in Rebel: Best Short Stories from the Country of Mt. Everest share a unique distinction: all navigate the different aspects of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal when the country was thrown chaotically into war during the decade starting 1996. Compiled and translated by Ram C. Khatri, these stories were originally written in Nepali language by police officers, Maoist fighters, and established authors. ‘Rebel is a rebellious voice against inequality, impunity, corruption, and all injustices against the poor people . . . throws light on the country’s grave social, economic, and political situation during the time of conflict,’ says Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, former Prime Minister of Nepal.