Avik Jain Chatlani — This Country Is No Longer Yours - with Regina de Heer — at The Wharf

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 7:00pm

One of our dead writers liked to say, " Peru is a beggar sleeping on a bench made of gold." It's a cute phrase, but it's not really true. There's hardly any gold left, and none of us get much sleep.

Based on real events in 1970s-2000s Peru, This Country Is No Longer Yours tells the story of people living through the terrorist campaign of the Maoist Shining Path, while struggling to survive amid economic crisis and state collapse.

A student of the revolution's leader is dispatched to Cambodia to learn from the Khmer Rouge, sending him spiralling into a world of unfathomable political violence that both inspires him and will be his undoing. Then, as the terror spreads across Peru, a ruthless security agent of the newly-elected neoconservative government works to squash the growing insurgency now threatening the halls of power, while applying his surveillance training to romantic pursuits--with chilling results.

Just when it looks like the Shining Path has been defeated, a nationalist counter-revolution begins brewing in its wake, and a journalist committed to exposing their ambitions is too preoccupied to help a reader desperately pleading for her help outing a sexual predator who is seeking the presidency. And, in the country that remains, two former guerrillas meet again, one now a teacher stuck in the past, the other living on the margins and still fighting for her future.

Depicting a place and time ravaged by terror but alive with new ambitions and enduring love, Jain Chatlani explores the intersection of political breakdown and human endurance, as well as the unbearable choices demanded of those living in a society at war with itself. With incisive and haunting prose, combined with deeply personal insight, Jain Chatlani offers a stinging indictment of the ideologies that brutalize the very people they claim to represent, and relays an urgent warning about the dangers of zealotry, political messianism and acts of violence justified in the name of a cause.

Avik Jain Chatlani, the grandson of the first Indian emigrants to Peru, was born in Canada and raised in Chile. He holds degrees in History and Latin American studies from McGill and Boston University, and currently works as a translator and editor with El País. He has taught in schools and prisons in Latin America and the United States and currently divides his time between Ottawa and Washington DC. This Country Is No Longer Yours is his debut novel.

Chatlani will be in conversation with Regina de Heer, a multimedia creator and host. She works as a producer on Notes from America with Kai Wright, a national show on New York Public Radio (WNYC) which airs Sundays at 6pm EST. Named an Emerging Media Leader Fellow by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Regina began her career in media after graduating from New York University. She is a first generation American whose parents immigrated from Ghana. Passionate about audio storytelling and creating experiential live events, Regina has worked on projects with CNN Audio, PodPeople, and YouTube Originals.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

610 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Fiction & Poetry
This Country Is No Longer Yours: A Novel By Avik Jain Chatlani Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385688703
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Published: Bond Street Books - May 7th, 2024