A journalist sits in a cafÃ© waiting for his subject â€” an artist called drishya about whom he wants to write a novel. But drishya doesnâ€™t come. For that morning he has been visited by maoists at his home and abducted by themâ€¦so begins palpasa cafÃ©, the extraordinary novel by Nepal journalist narayan wagle, which has become a sensation in the country. Starting with the murders of the royal family, it tells the troubled story of contemporary Nepal through the eyes of a romantic artist who falls in love, wanders the war - struck countryside and dreams of creating a cafÃ© named after his beloved which serves the bestcoffee in the country. Playful, moving and melancholic, fusing the boundaries between fiction and non - fiction, palpasacafÃ© presents a rare picture of Nepal at war. It is one of the most important novels to come out of the country.