Where Worlds Collide: Pakistani Fiction in the New Millennium

Hardcover | February 15, 2015

byDavid Waterman

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Pakistan's current generation of English-language novelists, born after the 1971 war and writing in the twenty-first century, must navigate between the ancient cultural history they have inherited and the relative youth of their country as a political construct. In this book, Dr David Watermanexplores the works of seven writers of this generation, including both residents of Pakistan and authors from the diaspora, in order to examine the manner in which questions of history, culture, and identity arise from this process. Pakistan's history and its present moment have introduced a number of issues of urgent relevance that these writers explore in very practical terms: What does it mean to be a Pakistani now and what might it mean in the near future? How does one speak of past trauma without disrupting the present?What is the role for Islam to play in the governance of such a diverse country? How can we ensure the future of the boys and girls of this land, which is paradoxically both rich and poor? Where Worlds Collide is a survey of contemporary Pakistani writers and their efforts to trace the itinerary ofPakistan in the twenty-first century. The fictional portrayals of lives represented in the works of these authors take into account everyday issues, stories of individuals and their families, their joys and sorrows and fears, and place them in the context of the greater story of Pakistan.

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Pakistan's current generation of English-language novelists, born after the 1971 war and writing in the twenty-first century, must navigate between the ancient cultural history they have inherited and the relative youth of their country as a political construct. In this book, Dr David Watermanexplores the works of seven writers of this...

David Waterman is currently Professor at the University of La Rochelle, France, where he is Director of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages and a member of the research team of the Centre for Research in International and Atlantic History (CRHIA). He is currently working on Pakistani history, culture, and literature in English...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199400326

ISBN - 13:9780199400324

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. 'Focus on the Fundamentals': Personal and Political Identity in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist2. Karachi's Fragmented Interdependence: Kamila Shamsie's In The City by the Sea3. The Itinerary of Cultural Identity: Kamila Shamsie's Kartography and the 'Canker' of History4. 'The Contact Zone' in Wartime: Hybridity's Promise and Terror in Nadeem Aslam's The Wasted Vigil5. Memory and Cultural Identity: Negotiating Modernity in Nadeem Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers6. 'Zone of Exception': The Question of Constituency in H. M. Naqvi's Home Boy7. Fiction, History, and a Story that Might be True: A Case of Exploding Mangoes8. The Geological Pattern of Cultural Evolution: Bergsonian Time, Culture-quakes, and Muslim-Becoming in Geometry of God9. The Translation of Inherited Trauma: Sorayya Khan's Noor and the 'Corrosive Traces' of what Others Have Forgotten10. God in the Government: Kamila Shamsie's manifesto Offence: The Muslim CaseBibliographyIndex