A question prompted by Mirza Waheed's stunningly powerful debut novel, The Collaborator - set in the Kashmir valley in the early 1990s, during the worst violence of the separatist insurgency.
My answer is, broadly, yes - and it's a theme I have pursued in a little more detail for a blog on the History Workshop Online site.
Novels are worthy of attention and an audience in their own right, but they also illuminate a historical as well as a creative truth.
Andrew Whitehead's blog
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