When Pratap leaves the stability of family life in Toronto for the unknown of a Middle Eastern city, he is officially out there for a research project. But,his true motive is to find Jasmine, the lost love of his youth. In the City, he discovers the manuscript of a secret novel called A Spring Without Fragrance that tells the story of the Arab Spring and its failure. But the book is a dangerous one, and anyone who reads it disappears. The protagonist who is in the city for his own reasons gets drawn into the city’s politics easily.
A literary thriller, a tribute to the power of books in the face of state repression, and a story of indelible love – this follow-up to Benyamin’s award-winning Jasmine Days translated from Malayalam by Shahnaz Habib, published by Juggernaut is a moving and urgent novel of our times.