Laura Freeman Laura Freeman

Man of war

Khan's final performance is, however, mostly wonderfully expressive and the set is starkly stupendous

‘Sunil Lanba, Salman Quaraishi, Omar Syed…’ Names play from a crackling gramophone. We hear what they were before the war. Teacher. Engineer. Dancer. And what they endured during it. ‘I put down telephone cables in the mud,’ says one man. ‘Voices in the mud. Half of them already dead, sir.’

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