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Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist, who writes in the English language. She was brought up in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School.She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was influenced by the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. Kamila wrote her first novel, In The City By The Sea, while she was still at UMass, and it was published in both India and England in 1998. It was soon shortlisted for the 'John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday award in the UK', and she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed up on her success, and was published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Italy. in 2000 she was selected as one of Orange's 21 Writers of the 21st Century. Her third novel, Kartography, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys award in the UK. Both "Kartography" and her most recent work, Broken Verses have won the Patras Bukhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan.
years of life: 13 August 1973 present

Books

Quotes

b8443897393has quoted7 months ago
Grief manifested itself in ways that felt like anything but grief; grief obliterated all feelings but grief; grief made a twin wear the same shirt for days on end to preserve the morning on which the dead were still living; grief made a twin peel stars off the ceiling and lie in bed with glowing points adhered to fingertips; grief was bad-tempered, grief was kind; grief saw nothing but itself, grief saw every speck of pain in the world; grief spread its wings large like an eagle, grief huddled small like a porcupine; grief needed company, grief craved solitude; grief wanted to remember, wanted to forget; grief raged, grief whimpered; grief made time compress and contract; grief tasted like hunger, felt like numbness, sounded like silence; grief tasted like bile, felt like blades, sounded like all the noise of the world. Grief was a shape-shifter, and invisible too; grief could be captured as reflection in a twin’s eye. Grief heard its death sentence the morning you both woke up and one was singing and the other caught the song.
b1759330473has quoted2 years ago
My mother’s great joy comes from Julia and I seeing each other, sitting together around the dining room table under her satisfied gaze, as if the two of us being there, by her side, were a guarantee of something, of some sort of continuity, beyond plans and personal wishes, something transcendent that will last forever.
b1759330473has quoted2 years ago
his Ars Poetica Horace said that a work should not be published until ten years after it has been completed; but he wasn’t living in an age dominated by competent, inoffensive novels with redemptive endings.

Impressions

Nabsie Kittensshared an impression2 years ago
👍Worth reading

A great depiction of an 11year olds navigation through a tumultuous life. Excellent subtle and obvious references to the Pakistani culture and believable characters.

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