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A wonderful book ....
From the very first page until the days following 9/11, Kamila Shamsie
guides us through the impact of sixty years of world history, using the story of
two ethnically different but interlaced families (Beatrice D). The ever deepening connections and relationships between the families, and the stories that are joined together, create an amazingly intricate story of cultural differences both understood and misunderstood, the love that transcends
the differences and even celebrates them (Jan B). Shamsie effectively keeps
a storyline going through the book bringing the horror of the bombing of
Nagasaki into juxtaposition with the modern day terrorist attacks. It is a
unique perspective and a unique book. The storylines are fully...
Beyond the Book
Five Notable Pakistani Authors
While Indian authors have been the darlings of the literary world for the
past couple of decades, Pakistani novelists writing in English have remained in
the shadows -- but no longer. Even as their country sinks into violence, a growing
number of novelists are winning acclaim around the world. Here are five
Pakistani authors to watch out for:
Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel,
In the City by the Sea,
was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John
Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and her second,
Salt and Saffron,
won her a place
on Orange's list of '21 Writers for the 21st Century'. In 1999 Kamila received
the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan. She has a BA in Creative...