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Kamila Shamsie (born 1973) is a Pakistani American novelist who writes in the English language. She was brought up in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School.

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Interview with Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie describes the inspiration for her novel Burnt Shadows. For more information on the book, please visit or send an email to About the Book: Hiroko Tanaka is twenty one and in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. Stepping out onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, her world is suddenly and irrevocably altered. In the numbing aftermath of the atomic bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. In search of new beginnings, two years later, Hiroko travels to Delhi. It is there that her life will become intertwined with that of Konradss half sister Elizabeth, her husband, James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu. With the partition of India, and the creation of Pakistan, Hiroko will find herself displaced once again, in a world where old wars are replaced by new conflicts. But the shadows of history—personal and political—are cast over the interrelated worlds of the Burtons, the Ashrafs, and the Tanakas as they are transported from Pakistan to New York and, in the novels astonishing climax, to Afghanistan in the immediate wake of 9/11. The ties that have bound these families together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerizing in its <b>...</b>
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