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Kamila Shamsie - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Kamila Shamsie

A God in Every Stone

A God in Every Stone

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

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.

Other books by Kamila Shamsie

Broken Verses

Broken Verses

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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.

Kartography

Kartography

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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.

A God in Every Stone

A God in Every Stone

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

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.

Salt and Saffron

Salt and Saffron

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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...

In the City by the Sea

In the City by the Sea

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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.

Burnt Shadows

Burnt Shadows

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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.

Hausbrand

Hausbrand

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2018

"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.

Home Fire WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Home Fire WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 WINNER OF THE LONDON HELLENIC PRIZE 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 GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 `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.

Los desterrados

Los desterrados

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

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

Home Fire

Home Fire

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2017

';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?

Die Strae der Geschichtenerzahler

Die Strae der Geschichtenerzahler

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2015

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.

A God in Every Stone

A God in Every Stone

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Summer, 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is in an ancient land, about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year-old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. 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.

Burnt Shadows (Arabic Edition Al Thelal Al Mohtariqa)

Burnt Shadows (Arabic Edition Al Thelal Al Mohtariqa)

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Verbrannte Verse

Verbrannte Verse

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2010

Aasmani vermisst ihre Mutter. Sie ist vor 14 Jahren verschwunden, weil der Schmerz uber den Verlust ihres Geliebten, eines bei den pakistanischen Fuhrern verhassten Dichters, zu gro war.Warum musste er sterben, warum wurde Aasmani verlassen? - Was als verzweifelte Suche beginnt, geht nahtlos uber in einen befreienden Selbstfindungsprozess.

Vergluhte Schatten

Vergluhte Schatten

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2010

"e;Konnen Sie mir diesen Geruch erklaren?"e; Ich verstand nicht, was er meinte. Dass er den Duft von Mangos nicht kannte, ware mir nie eingefallen. Also sagte ich: "e;Einer der Gotter ist gerade hier entlanggelaufenund hat geschwitzt."e; Er gab mir die Hand und sagte: "e;Das ist das Schonste, was ich seit meiner Ankunft in Delhi gehort habe."e;Indien, 1947. Hiroko, die ihren Verlobten Konrad verloren hat, reist auf der Suche nach einem Neuanfang nach Delhi, wo sie Konrads Familie, und vor allem seine Schwester Elizabeth, kennenlernt. Sie verliebt sich in Sajjad, den Diener der Familie, und flieht mit ihm nach Pakistan, wo die beiden ein Zuhause finden. Hiroko und Elizabeth werden unterschiedliche Wege gehen, aber sich nicht verlieren - ihre Freundschaft wird andauern und die beiden Frauen an einem anderen Ort in einer anderen Zeit erneut zusammenfhren.

Kartographie

Kartographie

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2010

Raheen und Karim kennen sich, seit sie denken konnen. Sie lieben "e;ihre"e; Stadt Karatschi, die gewalttatige, aufregende Millionenstadt. Als Kinder zweier eng miteinander verknupfter Familien wachsen sie heran: Raheens Vater war mit Karims Mutter verlobt, bis er aus ethnischen Grunden diese Verbindung loste. Ein lange gehutetes Geheimnis beeinflusst auch die Kinder und vertreibt sie als Jugendliche aus der Stadt, die von Rassenunruhen erschuttert wird. Karim wandert mit seiner Familie nach London aus, Raheen studiert in den USA. Jahre spater kommen sie in der geliebten Stadt wieder zusammen.

Salz und Safran

Salz und Safran

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2010

Die Dard-e-Dils sind eine exzentrische pakistanische Aristokratenfamilie, zu deren Leidenschaften das Erzahlen von Familiengeschichten gehort. Im Zentrum steht die junge Aliya, die glaubt, dass sie auf mysterise Weise mit ihrer Tante Mariam verbunden ist, ber die besonders eigenartige Geschichten kursieren, unter anderem, weil sie als junge Frau mit dem Familienkoch durchbrannte. Hier sieht Aliya eine Parallele zu ihrer Liebesaffre mit dem nicht gerade standesgemen Khalil ... Ein Feuerwerk von sprhender Fantasie, voller Anekdoten und unwahrscheinlicher Ereignisse, ein Familienroman aus dem Herzen Pakistans.

An Offence The Muslim Case

An Offence The Muslim Case

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2009

In recent years, countless politicians and commentators have been addressing the Quran in an attempt to understand the rise of Muslim extremist ideology. They have missed the point: the most significant factor in this phenomenon is to be found within the particular circumstances of individual nation-states. Islam as a static global and temporal entity is a myth. The reality reflects a wide variety of experience founded on the co-mingling of religion, cultural and national and international politics. It is inside this individual complexity that battle-lines have been drawn and the fight waged within Islam itself, often largely unremarked upon by the world outside. Through a consideration of the case of Pakistan, this volume seeks to place the recent surge in extremist Islam within the framework of the nation-state, and to sharpen those dangerously blurred distinctions between the Merely Offended and the Violently Offended in the course of examining the causes of offence.

Burnt Shadows

Burnt Shadows

Author: Kamila Shamsie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantanamo Bay. How did it come to this? he wonders. August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. In a split second, the world turns white. In the next, it explodes with the sound of fire and the horror of realisation. In 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, she travels to Delhi two years later. There she walks into the lives of Konrad's half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu. 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 the Burtons, Ashrafs and the Tanakas 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. The ties that have bound them together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerising in its evocation of time and place, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of disasters evaded and confronted, loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed.