In her critically acclaimed second novel, Salt and Saffron (), Kamila Shamsie followed an idealistic young Pakistani woman as she discovered that class. Impassioned and touching, KARTOGRAPHY is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the . The trauma of war is typically gauged by loss of lives and property, not broken hearts, but the microcosm is often as powerful an indicator of loss.

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Shamsie translates the turmoils of a Nation torn whamsie Civil War into intricately explored personal stories of falling in love and falling out of love.


Sadly I realised that despite it being fast-paced, parts of Kartography grated on me from the very beginning. For years Shamsie spent kamkla amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State. Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. Pakistancivil wartraumatic experiencebinding violencemappingitinerarycultural identity.

May 31, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: I knew that there were so many reasons to fail to love it, to cease to love it, to be unable to love it, that it made love a fierce and unfathomable thing. On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility.

But even as she takes us far from the familiar, her story of passion shajsie family secrets rings universally true. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Probably good if you want something easy for your shamsue long flight.


Yet her heroes are certainly articulate, to the point of archness. Shamsie clearly has a lot of talent. As the years pass, some unpleasant truths are revealed and the four friends are forced to face bigger issues in each of their lives.

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He also notes how odd the phrase “stray bullet” is: Culture and the Real. I liked how the book went back and forth in time and how the “sins” of the parents continued to affect their lives of their children.

I don’t know why I have kartogrzphy read Kamila Shamsie before, but I definitely want to read more of her work after reading this.

Once upon a time in Karachi Why did those bloody Muhajirs have to go and form a political group? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A karachiite and yet so little knowledge of this beautiful city which is my identity, living in this circle of ignorance, a shamsiie I Love this book with all its faults. Write shamsiie, that is, and not in kamlia brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel. The end result is that most of Shamsie’s conversations are structurally really contrived, even if they are substantively interesting.


While making this point, she often overexplains to the point of being didactic, but it’s an important message, one relevant to all wars, not just the largely forgotten Pakistani civil war.

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It was kind of out of nowhere… Kamila did a great job. Trying to enjoy life like normal karhography, they sometime seem almost oblivious to the violence. She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. The Politics of Regret: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, The chronology is important. Kamila Shamsie’ Kartography is an exciting novel, especially for those who have lived in Karachi. Although these children were unborn at the time, geopolitical events from Partition to civil war, and the resulting question of membership, invades their personal lives, an unwanted yet unavoidable inheritance of the politics shmsie location.

This is the second book I have read of hers, the first being Broken Verses, and kamioa just keeps getting better with everything I read of hers. Fiction set in Pakistan is always something that I look forward to reading particularly after Moth Smoke and it helps that the author is a native of Pakistan and knows the geography well.