Tell Spring Not to Come This Year ★★★★

There’s a haunting sequence in Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy’s Tell Spring Not to Come This Year in which a rag-tag squad of Afghan peace keepers – many of whom are there through National Service requirements – happen across an abandoned fortress. Upon entering, they discover that it was once inhabited by their American saviours, who have since upped sticks and left and have even taken the internal wiring with them. What has been left behind – possibly strategically? – is a paperback book detailing George W Bush’s triumphant incursions into the Middle East, and a whiteboard containing a bubble chart with “9/11” as its nucleus...