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Author: Najīb Maḥfūẓ
Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9789774247583
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Such are the tales that make up this volume of five masterly stories by the young Naguib Mahfouz, all inspired by the Egypt of the pharaohs. The stories reveal his wide reading of Egypt's (and the world's) oldest history and literature. All of these gems, however, are very much his own creations. Their voices speak with the familiar genius of Egypt's greatest modern writer--though they call from a very different world than the one for which he is best known.

The Weary Generations

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Author: Abdullah Hussein
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9351777804
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The Weary Generations by Abdullah Hussein


Original Title: The Weary Generations

Published in 1963, Abdullah Hussein's The Weary Generations (Udaas Naslein) was an instant bestseller in Urdu. Now beyond its fortieth edition, it has never been out of print. Hussein leads you into a story of love and marriage between two people from starkly different social backgrounds, which also mirrors the uneasy 'marriage' between the British and their empire - both ultimately ending in estrangement. Naim, the son of a peasant, marries Azra, the daughter of a rich landowner, and their union is doomed from the start. Fighting for the British during the First World War, he loses an arm. Invalided home, he becomes angered at the subjugation of his countrymen under the Raj and aligns himself with the opposition. His ideals are swept away after Independence in 1947 when he realizes that, as Muslims, his family is no longer safe in their home and that they must migrate to the newly created Pakistan.

And The Mountains Echoed

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Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 140885256X
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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Original Title: And The Mountains Echoed

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one... Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live in the small village of Shadbagh. To Abdullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and how the choices we make resonate through history.

A Case Of Exploding Mangoes

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Author: Mohammed Hanif
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 8184002327
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A Case Of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif


Original Title: A Case Of Exploding Mangoes

In August 1988, Zia gets into the presidential plane, Pak One, which explodes midway. Who killed him? The army generals growing old waiting for their promotions, the CIA, the ISI, RAW, or Ali Shigri, a junior officer at the military academy whose father, a whisky-swilling jihadi colonel, was murdered by the army? A Case of Exploding Mangoes is sharp, black, inventive, and utterly gripping. It marks the debut of a brilliant new writer.

Kartography

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Author: Kamila Shamsie
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408825996
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Kartography by Kamila Shamsie


Original Title: Kartography

What is the moment, that exact moment when everything changes and the friends you have been, become the lovers you might be? Soul mates from birth Karim and Raheen finish one another's sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine as children. They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. It beats in their hearts - violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. However, Raheen is fiercely loyal and naively blinkered and she resents Karim's need to map their city, his need to name its streets and to expand the privileged world they know. When Karim is forced to leave for London their differences of opinion become a painful quarrel. As the years go by they let a barrier of silence build between them until, finally, they are brought together during a dry summer of strikes and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love. Impassioned and touching, KARTOGRAPHY is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the world, we must never forget the complicated war in our own hearts.

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