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Ten Best Kamila Shamsie Books

Kamila Shamsie is a celebrated Pakistani contemporary English novelist. Born and raised in Karachi, Kamila Shamsie was the daughter of renowned journalist Muneeza Shamsie and the granddaughter of Begum Jahanara Habibullah. She attended Karachi Grammar school then did his graduation in Creative writing from Hamilton College. She also did MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she got acquainted with the Legendary Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali and was influenced by him. Currently she lives in London and carries dual Nationality of Pakistan and UK.

Kamila Shamsie wrote her first novel In The City by the Sea, published in 1998 which was shortlisted for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in UK. She received in 1999, the Prime Minister Award for Literature in Pakistan. Her novels received Nationals and International awards. In 2010, Shamsie won an award from Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. In 2013, her name was included in the list of Granta List of 20 best young British writers. Shamsie is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

1. In The City by the Sea

This the first novel by Kamila Shamsie, published in 1998. It was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in United Kingdom. In The City by the Sea, the novel was about a 11 years old boy Hassan and his perfect life which was shattered by the arrest of his politician uncle who was charged for treason.

2. Salt and Saffron

Kamila Shamsie’s second novel was published in 2000. It is after this novel that she was selected for Orange’s 21 Writers of the 21st Century. The novel depicts the warmth and gusto with which she writes the novel about the Dard-e-Dils and many anecdotes about them. It is the story about a divided Nation. The story of subcontinent from invasions of Muslims to the partition.

3. Kartography

Kartography is Kamila Shamsie’s third novel, published in 2002, it was about her own city Karachi. Kartography received worldwide acclaim and it was shortlisted for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. It has received Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. Katrography was about the two upper class Karachites crib mates Raheen and Karim.

4. Broken Verses

Kamila Shamsie’s fourth novel Broken Verses was published in 2005. It received Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. It was about the relationship of mother and daughter, Samina and Aasmaani. How her mother walked out of the house and Aasmaani still believes that her mother is alive.

5. Offence: The Muslim Case

Published in 2009, it is the fifth novel by the writer. The novel though carries a controversial theme is based on the theme of Muslim extremist ideology. Taking the example of Pakistan, how religious extremism violently offended in the course of causing the offences.

6. Burnt Shadows

Published in the year 2009, Burnt Shadows is set in the setting of 1945 Nagasaki. It is story of Hiroko Tanaka how she lost her fiancé in Nagasaki bombing. The theme of the novel is patriotism vs Nationalism. According to protagonist, patriotism is not only love of your country or countrymen it include love of the whole humanity.

7. Ox Tales: The Desert Torso

Kamila Shamsie wrote a short story “The Desert Torso” for Oxfam’s Ox Tales project four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. The stories were published in the year 2009.

8. A God in every Stone

The novel was published in the year 2014. A God in every stone was set in summer 1914, a story about an Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer who were in ancient land discovered the temple of Zeus, and she was on her call of love and adventure.

9. Double Crossing: Migration Now

The book was published in 2003. It is about the most talked issue of immigration. In that issue writer talks about human rights index on Censorship. She differentiate between the reality and the rhetoric to start a debate on the issue of Immigration.

10. The Skin She Wears: Naiza H Khan

The book was written by Kamila Shamsie in collaboration with Iftikhar Dadi. It was published in 2008. It was a book about History and Criticism. It was published by Anna Maria Rossi & Fabio Rossi Publications.

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