Critical Muslim 04: Pakistan? Edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Robin Yassin-Kassab
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Saturday 15 December 2012
This quarterly magazine takes us cross county in the first tranche of essays on Pakistan, to reveal a nation of diverse, regionalist identities.
The second section is devoted to its literary tradition: Aamar Hussein takes a trip through the canon in "Found in Translation" from Ghalib to the post-Partition stories of Intizar Hussain, while Bina Shah's essay, "Paperback Writers", questions whether the 'boom' of new writers are capitalising on the terrorism narratives that the rest of the world has come to expect.
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