Between and , he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Brought into nationhood under the auspices of a single religion, but wracked with deep separatist fissures and the destabilizing forces of ongoing conflicts in Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir, Pakistan is one of the most dynamic places in the world today. It is also at the forefront of a literary renaissance. Pakistan will seize this moment, bringing to life the landscape and culture of the country in fiction, reportage, memoir, travelogue and poetry.
Like the magazine's issues on India and Australia, it will be a watershed moment critically and a chance to celebrate the corona of talent which has burst onto the English-language publishing world in recent years.
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Granta 112: Pakistan
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Granta goes to Pakistan
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Wonderful writing gives a glimpse into this complex and often misrepresented country. The rawness of many writings reflects the turmoil this country has been in and the suffering its inhabitants go through every single day of their lives. It is a description of a country of contradictions, loaded with nukes, insane religious fanatics, non-existent education or infrastructure and the resilience of its people who continue to produce world-class writers and artists!
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This is a great buy. The writing is phenomenal. First of all, I cannot believe this is categorized under "Middle East".
Pakistan is in South Asia, bordering India and China. Second, this is the best of the best of Pakistan. Showcasing its rich history, culture and of course its best writing. Pakistan is the beating heart of South Asian culture. The entire Indian-Pakistani subcontinent basically consists of mini-countries because each region varies so much.
Granta Pakistan by John Freeman
This edition, being Granta's bestselling issue yet, is just a beautiful collection of amazing stories of Pakistan. Pakistan is often portrayed poorly in the press and media but this brings the TRUE essence and beauty of Pakistan. It also features some of the most critically acclaimed Pakistani writers lets admit one thing: Pakistan does produce some world-class writers and let's not forget the amazing truck art that was painted just for this issue.
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I definitely see Pakistan moving past the current turmoil its in. This edition is a must-have for every Pakistani, anyone interested in South Asian culture or anyone curious about the glorious and often misinterpreted Pakistan. Pakistan is a rich source for this collection, being as it is a cauldron of culture, history, religion, politics and beliefs. Of the fourteen prose works in Granta — a roughly even mix of short stories, reportage, and memoir — all but two pieces both by expatriate Pakistanis and set outside the country contain Islamist militancy, religious fundamentalism or extreme violence, and almost all of them have one or more of these as a central theme.
Reading the issue can feel like sitting through a particularly well-produced but violent BBC special on the history and politics of Pakistan, a point that came up often in conversations with authors and Granta staff at the readings and panel discussions that launched the issue in London.
Yet in presenting these stories as a collection, Granta has done Pakistanis a valuable service: While a handful of foreign writers contributed, the majority of voices here are Pakistani. When asked to submit material, editor John Freeman explains, this is what they sent in.
Barring the cynical explanation that they were all pandering to the interests of western markets, this collection throws up a conclusion it would be foolish to ignore: Our creative output cannot — and, perhaps, should not — ignore this state of mind. While she could have offered more depth and nuance, the descriptive power of her writing makes the idea worth revisiting. Kashmiri author and journalist Basharat Peer weaves deep humanity into reporting about young boys fighting for independence in Indian-administered Kashmir, but while pieces on the Sheedis of Mangho Pir and the Faisal Shahzad trial also highlight injustice, they fall short of the same literary standard.
The finest piece in the issue, the one that overcomes you most powerfully, lingers the longest and makes you wonder how language so simple can convey grief so restrained and yet so profound, is also the only prose in translation. Nadeem Aslam again offers the impressive descriptive powers we have come to expect of him, his poetic prose transporting you to a time and place that seem the stuff of legend despite being rooted in the present. But the line between magical realism and social commentary is dangerously blurred by the extreme violence inflicted on his central character, a woman who cannot bear sons.
But at the end of this rich, absorbing journey, the issue leaves behind a desire for more writing that risks talking about the less-publicized but equally real experiences of life in Pakistan. It reinforces that while the loss of those who die and the mistreatment of those who have managed to survive are issues we have a moral and creative imperative to write of, there is also room, now more than ever, to talk about what makes us more human than Pakistani.