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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

5 well-deserving Pakistani writers to read

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

brunch Updated: Nov 03, 2018 23:42 IST
Taha Kehar
Taha Kehar
Hindustan Times
Five Pakistani writers to add to your bookshelf
Five Pakistani writers to add to your bookshelf

1. Nobody Killed her by Sabyn Javeri


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.

2. Saints and Charlatans by Sarim Baig


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.

3. A Firefly in the Dark by Shazaf Fatima Haider


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

4. The Geometry of God by Uzma Aslam Khan


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.

5. Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie


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.

The author is a Karachi-based journalist who has written for both Indian and Pakistani magazines and newspapers. He’s authored a collection of poems and has recently penned his first fictional work Typically Tanya

From HT Brunch, November 4, 2018

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First Published: Nov 03, 2018 23:41 IST