Granta 112: Pakistan (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing)

By John Freeman

Brought into nationhood below the auspices of a unmarried faith, yet wracked with deep separatist fissures and the destabilizing forces of ongoing conflicts in Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir, Pakistan is without doubt one of the such a lot dynamic locations on the planet at the present time. it's also on the vanguard of a literary renaissance.

From the writers who're dwelling outdoors of the rustic – Daniyal Muenuddin, Kamila Shamsie and Nadeem Aslam to these going again – Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif – to those that live there and writing in Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi and English, like Declan Walsh, it is a startling chance to convey a thrilling array of voices into one volume.

Granta 112: Pakistan will grab this second, bringing to existence the panorama and tradition of the rustic in fiction, reportage, memoir, travelogue and poetry. just like the magazine's matters on India and Australia, it is going to be a watershed second severely and an opportunity to rejoice the corona of expertise which has burst onto the English-language publishing global in recent times.

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