Struggling newspaper-editor Hissam is finding it harder and harder to pretend that believing in your work is just as satisfying as landing a big promotion. His old college friend Kaiser has fared considerably better as one of the citys wealthiest property developers, who also happens to be married to the woman of Hissams dreams. Hissams chance to strike it big presents itself in the form of a military- backed Emergency that upends the countrys social order. Choosing to back different sides, Hissam and Kaiser find themselves trading places in a way that changes their relationship, and their lives, forever. This richly satirical novel heralds a major new voice from Bangladesh. K. Anis Ahmed is the author of Goodbye, Mr Kissinger, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has previously been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Ahmed is the publisher of the daily Dhaka Tribune. The World in My Hands is his first novel.