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    How do ordinary people respond when their lives are irrevocably
    altered by terror and violence? Susanna Trnka was residing in an
    Indo-Fijian village in the year 2000 during the Fijian
    nationalist coup. The overthrow of the elected multiethnic party
    led to six months of nationalist aggression, much of which was
    directed toward Indo-Fijians.

    In State of Suffering, Trnka shows how Indo-Fijians' lives were
    overturned as waves of turmoil and destruction swept across Fiji.
    Describing the myriad social processes through which violence is
    articulated and ascribed meaning-including expressions of
    incredulity, circulation of rumors, narratives, and exchanges of
    laughter and jokes-Trnka reveals the ways in which the community
    engages in these practices as individuals experience, and try to
    understand, the consequences of the coup. She then considers
    different kinds of pain caused by political chaos and social
    turbulence, including pain resulting from bodily harm, shared
    terror, and the distress precipitated by economic crisis and
    social dislocation.

    Throughout this book, Trnka focuses on the collective social
    process through which violence is embodied, articulated, and
    silenced by those it targets. Her sensitive ethnography is a
    valuable addition to the global conversation about the impact of
    political violence on community life.