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Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. She is the author of four previous novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys / Mail on Sunday Prize), Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses. In 1999 she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature and in 2004 the Patras Bokhari Award - both award by the Pakistan Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie lives in London and Karachi.
Kamila Shamsie is available for interview and is also an experienced journalist, broadcaster, speaker and chairperson at public events.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times. The Costa Judges say: ‘A brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless.’
Summer, 1915. Viv has been separated from the man she loves; Qayyum has lost an eye at Ypres. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one that will reveal itself fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artefact and a mysterious woman will bring them together again.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009 A stunning, captivating novel spanning generations and the globe. From the bombing of Nagasaki through to the attacks of 9/11 we follow Hiroko Tanaka’s life, the people she meets, the places she goes the challenges she takes on. A lovely, lyrical, tender novel.
Kamila Shamsie retells 'The Ugly Duckling'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories. 'A duck unlike other ducks. A raincloud-duck, with the heart of a lion, who struck out into the world on her own...' On the farm, some eggs are hatching. A flock of sweet ducklings are popping out. But one duckling looks different from all the others... Cast out and all alone, this odd duckling will need all her bravery and curiosity to survive. Her journey is a search for belonging, but what she finds is the right to be different.
'I cannot think of a time in living memory when this book would have been more urgent or more necessary' Sarah Perry, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Essex Serpent 'There are some books which are necessary and there are some which are enjoyable and heart wrenching and wonderful; this is all of these things. A book to give to everyone you love' Daisy Johnson, Man Booker shortlisted author of Everything Under It doesn't take much familiarity with the news to see that the world has become a more hate-filled place. In Others, a group of writers explore the power of words to help us to see the world as others see it, and to reveal some of the strangeness of our own selves. Through stories, poems, memoirs and essays, we look at otherness in a variety of its forms, from the dividing lines of politics and the anonymising forces of city life, through the disputed identities of disability, gender and neurodiversity, to the catastrophic imbalances of power that stands in the way of social equality. Whether the theme is a casual act of racism or an everyday interaction with someone whose experience seems impossible to imagine, the collection challenges us to recognise our own otherness to those we would set apart as different. Profits from this book will be donated to Stop Hate UK, which works to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage its reporting, and Refugee Action, which provides advice and support to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Contributors include: Leila Aboulela, Gillian Allnutt, Damian Barr, Noam Chomsky, Rishi Dastidar, Peter Ho Davies, Louise Doughty, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Sam Guglani, Matt Haig, Aamer Hussein, Anjali Joseph, A. L. Kennedy, Joanne Limburg, Rachel Mann, Tiffany Murray, Sara Novic, Edward Platt, Alex Preston, Tom Shakespeare, Kamila Shamsie, Will Storr, Preti Taneja and Marina Warner. 'An impressive cluster of names' New Statesman 'Another superlative anthology from Unbound' The Bookseller
By the acclaimed winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 The Dard-e-Dils are characterised by their prominent clavicles and love of stories. Aliya may not have inherited her family's patrician looks, but she is prey to their legends that stretch back to the days of Timur Lang. There is a sting to most of these tales, for the Dard-e-Dils consider themselves cursed by their 'not-quite' twins. Amidst her growing attraction to a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Aliya begins to believe that she is another 'not-quite' twin, linked to her scandalous aunt Mariam in a way that hardly bodes well...
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize By the acclaimed winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. She is twenty-one and on the verge of marrying Konrad Weiss. In a split second, the world turns whiteIn the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. In search of new beginnings, Hiroko travels to Delhi to find Konrad's relatives and falls in love with their employee, Sajjad Ashraf. As the years unravel, new homes replace those left behind and old wars are seamlessly usurped by new conflicts. But the shadows of history - personal, political - are cast over the entwined worlds of different families as they are transported from Pakistan to New York, and in the novel's astonishing climax, to Afghanistan in the immediate wake of 9/11.
Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize By the acclaimed winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Hasan is eleven years old. He loves cricket, pomegranates, the night sky, his clever, vibrant artistic mother and his etymologically obsessed lawyer father, and he adores his next-door neighbour Zehra. One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan watches a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death. Soon after, Hasan's idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason... Set in a land ruled by an oppressive military regime, this eloquent, charming and quietly political novel vividly recreates the confusing world of a young boy on the edge of adulthood, and beautifully illustrates the transformative power of the imagination.
By the acclaimed author of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Fourteen years ago Aasmaani's mother Samina, a blazing beauty and fearless activist, walked out of her house and was never seen again. Aasmaani refuses to believe she is dead and still dreams of her glorious return. Now grown up and living in Karachi, Aasmaani receives what could be the longed-for proof that her mother is still alive. As she comes closer to the truth she is also irresistibly drawn to Ed, her ally and sparring partner, and the only person who can understand the profound hurt - and the profound love - that drives her.
Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize By the acclaimed winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Soul mates from birth, Karim and Raheen finish one another's sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine. They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. It beats in their hearts - violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. As the years go by they let a barrier of silence build between them until, finally, they are brought together during a dry summer of strikes and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love.
"e;Isma wurde ihre Maschine verpassen. Mit dem Verhor hatte sie gerechnet, aber nicht mit der stundenlangen Warterei ..."e; Es ist kein Zufall, dass man Isma am Londoner Flughafen derart in die Mangel nimmt. Schon ihr Vater war ein Dschihadist, und nun hat sich ihr kleiner Bruder dem IS angeschlossen. Der ultimative Verrat, denn ihn und seine Zwillingssschwester Aneeka hat Isma grogezogen. Nach dem fruhen Tod beider Eltern hatte sie ihr Studium abgebrochen, um fur die jungeren Geschwister die Mutterrolle zu ubernehmen. Als die Zwillinge auf eigenen Fuen stehen konnen, bekommt Isma in den USA ein Stipendium und konnte dort weiterstudieren. Und das Wunder geschieht - sie darf einreisen. Dort angekommen freundet sie sich mit Eamonn an, einem jugnen Englander, der wie sie pakistanische Wurzeln hat, aber aus priviligierten Verhaltnissen stammt. Als ihr kleiner Bruder dem IS den Rucken kehren will, konnte Eamonns einflussreicher Vater - er ist der Innenminister Grobritanniens - helfen. Doch der ist ein Hardliner, wenn es um die Sicherheit der Englander geht ... Was ist Recht? Was Gerechtigkeit? Um diesen Konflikt, der uns seit Sophokles' Antigone beschaftigt, hat Kamila Shamsie einen herzzerreienden Roman geschrieben.
NOW A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 WINNER OF THE LONDON HELLENIC PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 'A BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2017' - GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN, EVENING STANDARD, NEW YORK TIMES 'The book for our times' Judges of the Women's Prize 'Elegant and evocative ... A powerful exploration of the clash between society, family and faith in the modern world' Guardian Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.
LA NOVELA GANADORA DEL WOMEN'S PRIZE 2018. Hasta donde llegaras para salvar a quien ms quieres? La historia de una familia atrapada en el conflicto entre Occidente y el Estado Islmico. Isma, una joven musulmana britnica, ha conseguido independizarse de su familia y piensa ir a Estados Unidos para completar sus estudios. Pero este simple hecho posee una significacin muy especial si consideramos que su padre fue acusado de terrorismo y muri camino de Guantnamo; que su hermano ha decidido unirse al Estado Islmico; que su hermana es una joven muy problemtica incapaz de hacer frente a la vida Ese pasado estallar en mil pedazos cuando Isma conozca a Eamonn y las diferencias que parecan superadas vuelvan a irrumpir en la vida de todos. "e;Un relato conmovedor."e;The Guardian"e;Un buen novelista desdibuja la lnea imaginaria entre nosotros y ellos; Kamila Shamsie pertenece al pequeo grupo de autores que hace olvidar esa lnea. Los desterrados es una novela importante,oportuna y necesaria."e;Rabih Alameddine"e;Los desterrados me dej asombrado, estremecido, lleno de admiracin por su coraje y ambicin. Lectura recomendada para los primeros ministros y presidentes de todo el mundo."e;Peter Carey
';Ingenious Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century.'The New York TimesWINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequencesIsma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she's accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up toor defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Suddenly, two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
Juli 1914. Vivian Rose Spencer hastet uber die antiken Pflastersteine den Hang hinauf, unter Feigen und Zypressen hindurch, und stolpert fast unversehens in ihre erste Entdeckung. Tahsin Bey, ein Freund ihres Vaters, hat sie eingeladen, an den Ausgrabungen von Labraunda teilzunehmen. An diesem sagenhaften Ort, in dem strahlenden Licht Kariens lasst sie die strengen Konventionen ihrer Heimat weit hinter sich und wird auch Tahsin Bey auf ganz neue Weise begegnen. Juli 1915. Der junge Paschtune Qayyum Gul kehrt verwundet aus dem Krieg zurck; Vivian folgt einer Spur ihres verschwundenen Geliebten. In einem Zug nach Peschawar treffen die beiden aufeinander, nicht ahnend, dass ihre Geschicke sich auf immer verbinden und sie eines Tages, in der Strae der Geschichtenerzhler, wieder zusammenfhren werden. Kamila Shamsie hat einen fesselnden Roman ber Liebe und Verrat, ber Unterdrckung und das Streben nach Freiheit, geschrieben. Voll sinnlicher Details - die blhenden Grten Peschawars, der Geruch nach Tabak, Erde und Feigen - ist "e;Die Strae der Geschichtenerzhler"e; ein Stck erfahrbare Geschichte, ein leidenschaftlicher, dringlicher Roman.
Text in Arabic. 29 August 1945: Nagasaki: Hiroko Tanaka, twenty-one and in love with Konrad Weiss, the man she is about to marry, steps out onto her veranda, minutes before a nuclear explosion shatters her world and everything in it. Al-Thelal Al-Mohtariqa is an epic narrative of disasters evaded and confronted, loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed.