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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905881215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905881215
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Oct 2010
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Pakistan is a rich source for this collection, being as it is a cauldron of culture, history, religion, politics and beliefs. There is a striking difference here between the beauty of some of the fiction and the brutality of the non-fiction pieces.

This edition of Granta kicks off with a cracking piece of short fiction from Nadeem Aslam about the tragedy of a young Muslim girl who is fated to only produce female heirs for her rich husband. It's shocking, moving and beautiful. Initially, Uzma Aslam Kahn's Ice Mating story didn't grab me, but as it switched between California and Pakistan, it unfolded to another interesting piece. Mohammed Hanif's shocking story of how not to woo a young nurse is both funny and sad. There are shocking moments of brutality in the non-fiction too - not least the short piece by Mohsin Hamid - A Beheading. More ancient tribal brutality is evident to Western eyes at least in Jamil Ahmad's The Sins of the Mother.

Jane Perlez presents a brief but thoughtful piece on the intentions of Pakistan-founder Jinnah and wonders what he would have made of the ongoing Islamist movement that there is little evidence that he intended for the country. Basharat Peer's piece on the problems in Kashmir is also deeply moving, particularly emphasising the impact is has had on the youth that have never known any different. Intizar Hussain's short piece entitled The House of Gallows is enlightening while Declan Walsh, borrowing his title from Kippling, in Arithmetic on the Frontier explores the threat of the Taliban in the Northern frontier. Physical distance clearly helps analysis as there is equally insightful contribution from London-based Kamila Shamsie in Pop Idol.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Milton on 17 Dec 2010
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I am fascinated by the cultures of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. The more I read the authors who live there and the westerners who have lived there, the better my understanding is of these faraway and mysterious, to us, people. As I read I am sure that all people of the world share a lot, love of family, need for respect and other necessities. However I also see that their are great differences, some obvious and others deeply rooted in the culture. This issue of Granta helped me gain in my knowledge and respect for them.
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By F Ghori on 18 Mar 2013
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Granta's issue on Pakistan features all the major contemporary writers coming from Pakistan and others who have been based in Pakistan. These short stories, essays, poems are fantastic reads - I finished the book in one day. Definitely worth reading.
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By igjmiddx on 1 Sep 2011
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This edition of Granta is thought provoking and does encompass a wide range of perspectives.

The writing is excellent and in particular the essay on collective identity and Jinnah is superb.

The complex nature of contemporary Pakistan is reflected in these essays.

Worth an investment of four or five hours of your time.
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