Despite fears of their nation’s imminent demise, Pakistani writers are emerging as this year’s it-authors. Indeed, according to a report in today’s Financial Times, authors from Pakistan are gaining unprecedented attention on the literary world stage.
How about the recent success of author Hamid Mohsin, whose book The Reluctant Fundamentalist (above) was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2007.
Following in Mohsin’s wake is author Mohammed Hanif, whose new book A Case of Exploding Mangoes is being lauded as a must-read political thriller while Nadeem Aslam’s new The Wasted Vigil is set in contemporary Afghanistan.
Also in the mix is Kamila Shamsie, author of the grand historical novel Burned Shadows and — most buzzingly — Daniyal Mueenuddin, whose new collection of short stories Other Rooms, Other Wonders is being hailed as Pakistan’s first true work of literary genius.