“It’s a story of Tara who returns to her abandoned home in her remote village and confronts the trauma and suffering caused by the protracted conflict—known as ‘The People’s War’—that altered the lives of countless families forever.” —The Himalayan Times
“A touching graphic novel about a simple family caught up in a civil war. . .” Kirkus Review
“Khatri’s poignant graphic novel brings to life, vividly, the journey of a young woman to reclaim the traumatic landscape of her past.” Samrat Upadhyay, Author of Arresting God in Kathmandu
“The storytelling in Justice is tense and heartfelt, the shadows gathering over a sunny childhood.” BookLife Review by Publishers Weekly
In this heartwarming story of family connection, recollection, and survival, the author has revived the memories of the people affected by the Maoist-government war through the displaced to the working farmers.
“It was a simple life; a peaceful life,” narrator Tara muses in Ram Khatri’s pained, humane graphic novel. “At least that’s what I thought in my childhood innocence.” Justice chronicles, from young Tara’s perspective, the end of that innocence, which comes to her Nepali family farm in the form of war.
First, in the early 2000s, her nation is torn between Maoist revolutionaries and government forces, with her father increasingly pressured to take a side. As neighbors turn on each other, and young people are hauled away to fight, Tara’s parents attempt to persevere without involving themselves. But soon soldiers are searching their home as the children hide in the barn, and when the worst happens Tara blames herself.
Justice: A Tale of the Nepali Civil War is the story of a young girl’s brave journey to reclaim the life she left behind during the unforgiving conflict of the Nepali Civil War. With its sublime settings, diverse characters, and riveting narrative, the girl learns the truth about the life that she left behind.
The graphic novel Justice is the first book of a planned three-book series.
About the Author
Translator of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ in Nepali, Ram has worked as the managing editor and publishing manager for academic and commercial publishers in the United States.
Originally from the Himalayan country of Nepal, he holds an M.S. in publishing from Pace University, New York, and an M.A. in English literature from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.
Ram is always fascinated by truly diverse, unrepresented, and heartwarming stories that touch lives. When he isn’t working, Ram loves interacting with interesting people from different cultures and backgrounds.