A spider web crack is a series of hairline fractures spreading out from a central point of impact. Bilal Tanweer makes this image the motif for his short story collection The Scatter Here Is Too Great. The central point of impact is a bomb blast at the Karachi Train Station in Pakistan. All the stories, eight total, radiate out from and connect back to that one point in time. Continue reading The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer
But when Stu, Lisa & I started discussing which book should win it quickly became a process of elimination. We all agreed one book was good, but not a prize winner. Another novel two of us did not like, one of us did. Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera was a close runner up. Continue reading DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 Shadow Jury – And the winner is….
The city of Peshawar is located in Pakistan, 59.1 kilometers (approximately 36 miles) from the Torkham-Border Crossing into Afghanistan. It is at the end of the Khyber Pass which cuts through the Spin Ghar mountain range and connects the two nations. Until 1947 it was a part of British India. Go back even farther, c. 515 B.C., and the Persian Empire claimed the city. Kamila Shamsie layers over two thousand years of Peshawar’s history into her novel: A God In Every Stone. Continue reading A God In Every Stone: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced their shortlist on November 27th. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bengali) The Mirror of Beauty by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (Indian) The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer (Pakistani) A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistani) Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lankan born British writer) The DSC Prize is not one I usually … Continue reading The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature – 2015 Shadow Jury