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Granta 112: Pakistan

Posted by litdaily on September 8, 2010

Look forward to the Autumn 2010 issue of literary magazine Granta showcasing the work of the most prominent authors writing about Pakistan and Pakistani diasporas today, including Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam, Kamila Shamsie, Aamer Hussein…more>>

In America, our literary interests often follow our geopolitical ones: the wars we wage introduce us to geographies and literatures that previously existed outside our purview. Currently, Pakistan occupies an important place in our literary imagination. In a New Yorker profile last year, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke mentioned that he had given President Obama Daniyal Mueenuddin’s short story collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. The escalation of American war efforts in the region and the plight of Pakistanis during the recent floods demonstrate the need for continuous literary efforts to humanize populations that are relentlessly discussed by media and state solely as “terrorists.”


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