5 well-deserving Pakistani writers to read

Hindustan Times | ByTaha Kehar
Nov 03, 2018 11:42 PM IST

A Pakistani writer picks five authors from his country who deserve the spotlight and our attention

1. Nobody Killed her by Sabyn Javeri

Five Pakistani writers to add to your bookshelf
Five Pakistani writers to add to your bookshelf

This book chooses a theme that deviates from what the West wants Pakistanis to write about. It is a political whodunnit that portrays strong female protagonists from Pakistan in an authentic manner.

This book, which was published by an independent press in Pakistan, doesn’t pander to Western sensibilities and follows a local literary idiom. This collection presents the dichotomies of Pakistani society with gut-wrenching honesty.

The story weaves fantasy into a gripping coming-of-age story. It never fails to entertain!

I’ve always believed that Uzma Aslam Khan’s work is rich with nuance and verve. The Geometry of God is a fascinating read that draws on history and crucial political debates.

Although I’ve read it many years ago, Kamila Shamsie’s Salt and Saffron is etched in my memory. The writing was lucid, crisp and engaging, even though the story tends to have elitist overtones.

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