The Red Haired Woman

Orhan Pamuk Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Knopf  (2017) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon UK: Amazon.co.uk IN: PK: Liberty Books Sophocles’s Oedipus meets Ferdowsi’s Rustam and Sohrab Growing up in Lahore of 1970s when I was in college, nothing could have prepared us for the invasion of Russian literature on the the …

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Exit West
Author: Mohsin Hamid2017

Mohsin Hamid Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Riverhead Books (2017) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon UK: Amazon.co.uk IN: Flipkart PK: Liberty Books The tragedy of Europe today, Mohsin Hamid has suggested in his essays and journalism, is an inability to articulate a desirable future. Whether in Discontent and its Civilizations, his collected dispatches …

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Home Fire
Author: Kamila Shamsie2017

Kamila Shamsie Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Riverhead Books (2017) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon UK: IN: PK: Liberty Books Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire is a post-9/11 Antigone. This is signalled by the novel’s epigraph from Seamus Heaney’s 2004 translation of Socrates’ lines: ‘The ones we love . . . are enemies of the state’. Heaney’s …

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Technologies of the Self
Author: Haris A. Durrani2016

Haris A. Durrani Hardcover: 138 pages Publisher: Brain Mill Press. (2016) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon UK: IN: PK: ‘A person’s identity,’ Lebanese-French author Amin Maalouf once wrote, ‘is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will …

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The Book of Dhaka: A City in Short Fiction
Author: Edited by: Pushpita Alam and Arunava Sinha2016

Edited by: Pushpita Alam and Arunava Sinha Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd. (2016) Language: English « Excerpts (The Weapon)» « Excerpts (The Raincoat)» US: Amazon UK: IN: PK: Collections of place-themed fiction can be powerfully evocative with descriptions of indigenous sights and sounds, unique references to the geographical landscape, and above …

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A Restless Wind

Shahrukh Husain Paperback: 349 pages Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2013) Language: English US: Amazon UK: PK: IN: It is interesting how the culture of the subcontinent acquires an aura of mystery and intrigue when portrayed in English. At the same time, one cannot help but feel a familiarity and connection with such writing …

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Mr. and Mrs. Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook India
Author: Sheela Reddy2017

Sheela Reddy Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House India (2017) Language: English « Excerpts » US: UK: IN: Amazon.in PK: Vanguard Bookstore There are probably as many books written on Mohammad Ali Jinnah as on his arch-rival Gandhi, and this is hardly surprising considering that these two fellow Gujaratis, only a few years …

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The Golden Legend
Author: Nadeem Aslam2017

Nadeem Aslam Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Knopf (2017) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon UK: IN: PK: “Two of their buildings fell down and they think they know about the world’s darkness, about how unsafe a place it is capable of being!” remarks a character in Nadeem Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil (2008). That …

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