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Kartography

by Kamila Shamsie

Kartography Synopsis

What is the moment, that exact moment when everything changes and the friends you have been, become the lovers you might be? Soul mates from birth Karim and Raheen finish one another's sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine as children. They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. It beats in their hearts - violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. However, Raheen is fiercely loyal and naively blinkered and she resents Karim's need to map their city, his need to name its streets and to expand the privileged world they know. When Karim is forced to leave for London their differences of opinion become a painful quarrel. 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. Impassioned and touching, Kartography is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the world, we must never forget the complicated war in our own hearts.

Kartography Press Reviews

A boisterous tribute to her home town that crackles with the chaos of Pakistani political life' The Times 'Deftly woven, provocative...blistering humour' Zoe Green, Observer Review 'She's our new multi-culti Nancy Mitford; a global girl who does love in both hot and cold climates...She's great' Barbara Trapido

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747561507
Publication date: 2nd June 2003
Author: Kamila Shamsie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel, In the City by the Sea, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. In 1999 Kamila received the Award for Literature in Pakistan and in 2000 published her second novel Salt and Saffron to critical acclaim. In 2001 Kamila was selected as one of Orange's 21 writers for the 21st Century. Kamila lives in London and Karachi.

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