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Kamila Shamsie

Autor(a) de Home Fire

17+ Works 4,174 Membros 221 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Kamila Shamsie is the author of five novels: In the City by the Sea; Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and Saffron; Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into more than twenty languages. mostrar mais Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta's Best of Young British Novelist. She made the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 shortlist with her title A God in Every Stone. She is the author of Home Fires, published in 2017, for which she won the 2018 Women¿s Prize for Fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire (2017) 1,758 exemplares
Burnt Shadows (2009) 941 exemplares
Kartography (2002) 339 exemplares
Broken Verses (2005) 309 exemplares
A God in Every Stone (2014) 274 exemplares
Best of Friends: A Novel (2022) 208 exemplares
Salt and Saffron (2000) 198 exemplares
In the City by the Sea (1998) 103 exemplares
Duckling: A Fairy Tale Revolution (2020) 24 exemplares
Offence: The Muslim Case (2009) 8 exemplares
Conflito Interno 2 exemplares
Vores elskede (2018) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days (2016) — Contribuidor — 361 exemplares
The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 281 exemplares
Sunlight on a Broken Column (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições199 exemplares
Granta 112: Pakistan (2010) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (2017) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Ox-Tales: Air (2009) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed (2023) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Pilgrims (2008) — Prefácio — 20 exemplares
Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories (2009) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Refugee Tales: Volume II (2017) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Resist: Stories of Uprising (2020) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Pakistan (birth)
Local de nascimento
Karachi, Pakistan
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Karachi, Pakistan
Massachusetts, USA
Hamilton College (BA ∙ Creative Writing)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA)
Karachi Grammar School
Hosain, Attia (great-aunt)
Shamsie, Muneeza (mother)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Granta's Best of Young British Novelists (2013)

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Kamila Shamsie was also awarded the City of Dortmund's Nelly Sachs Prize (€15,000) in Sept. 2019, which was withdrawn after the prize committee became aware of the German parliament's May 2019 declaration that the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel's apartheit treatment of the Palestinians was anti-semitic, and Shamsie's support for the BDS movement.



British Author Challenge April 2022: Kamila Shamsie & Clive Barker em 75 Books Challenge for 2022 (Novembro 2022)


This book didn't live up to its promise for me. It concerns Qayyam Gul, injured out of the British Indian Army at Ypres, who later crosses paths with Vivian Spencer, archaeologist, who during her work in Peshawar meets and teaches his younger brother. It's a story that promises much, looking at brotherhood, love, and the role of the British in twentieth century India. But the constant leaping from one strand of the story to another finally lost my concentration, and I finished by being somewhat disappointed.… (mais)
Margaret09 | 13 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
#Around the World #Pakistan

This brilliant story by Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie was winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017 and long listed for the Booker Prize. The book is based on the Greek tragedy Antigone.

Siblings Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz are British Muslims with family origins in Pakistan. They have grown up together, surviving an absentee jihadi father who was away fighting for years before disappearing, and then the death of their mother. They have also been subject to all the racism and suspicion of local people, governments and security personnel. When her younger twin siblings are grown up and stable, Isma finally feels able to pursue her dreams in the USA. Here she meets Eamonn, son of wealthy British politician Karamat Lone, who has distanced himself from his Muslim roots and takes a hard line or terrorism, security and the need to assimilate. This meeting has far reaching consequences for both families.

Parvaiz goes from being an innocent young man campaigning to save his library to meeting a new friend, who takes him under his wing, to radicalise him and take him to Syria to work for ISIS. As their lives are increasingly turned upside down the siblings all pull in different directions with dramatic outcomes.

I really enjoyed the book, it challenges you to think and presents so many aspects, in particular of life as a British Muslim. It presents this from multiple perspectives, looking at the hardship and at times fear of living as a Muslim in the West, facing constant, unfairly directed scrutiny and criticism. It examines how terrorist recruiting and radicalisation occurs, and the conditions that may lead to British youth being subject to this. It also examines the hypocrisy within the system and the dubious nature of political decisions around race and religion.

The characters were complex, likeable and captivating. I could not put this book down and would highly recommend it. 5 stars.
… (mais)
mimbza | 80 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2024 |
Once I had worked out where I was and who was speaking, I found Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie to be a gripping tale and flew through it. It’s a very British book, due, in part, to a pervasively underlying sense of class polemic. I liked the way the author structured the story through the different perspectives of each of the main characters but she had a most annoying habit of trying to create suspense by referring to things the reader was yet to find out about. This meant I became disorientated several times and had to re-read to find out who was talking about what.
There are moments when Shamsie soars, for example,

…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 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 tased like bile, felt like blades, sounded like all the noise of the world. Grief was a shapeshifter and invisible too; grief could be captured as a 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.

The Antigone theme was not laboured and lent the book a depth that it really didn’t need.
… (mais)
simonpockley | 80 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
Magically brutal finishing stretch. The final two pages are heartbreaking. So good.
MichaelH85 | 80 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2024 |



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