Pakistani literature has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with an explosion of talent in fiction writing. A new generation of writers is breaking new ground with their innovative themes and styles, and their works are now being recognized globally. In this article, we have selected 7 of the best-selling contemporary novels from Pakistani literature that you must read.
Pakistani literature is truly witnessing a golden age, and these 7 contemporary novels are a testament to the talent and creativity of Pakistani writers.
Which novels do we believe should not hesitate to pick up to be transported to a world of imagination and wonder? Diva explores…
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
A Case of Exploding Mangoes is a satirical novel set during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq. The novel revolves around the mysterious crash of the General’s plane, and the conspiracy theories that surround it. Hanif’s witty and irreverent style has been widely acclaimed, and the novel has won numerous awards.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a novel that explores the themes of identity, love, and belonging. The story is narrated by Changez, a Pakistani man who has lived in America and has achieved success in the corporate world. However, after the events of 9/11, Changez’s life takes a dramatic turn, and he is forced to question his own identity and beliefs.
The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
The Golden Legend is a novel that explores the themes of love, loss, and terrorism. The novel is set in the city of Zamana, which is torn apart by sectarian violence. Aslam’s beautiful prose and his ability to capture the complexities of human emotions have been widely acclaimed.
The Party Worker by Omar Shahid Hamid
The Party Worker is a novel that takes a closer look at the world of Pakistani politics. The story revolves around a young man named Rafiq, who becomes involved in the political process and is drawn into a world of corruption and violence. Hamid’s fast-paced and gritty style has been widely acclaimed.
The Spinner’s Tale by Omar Shahid Hamid
The Spinner’s Tale is a novel that explores the themes of love, loss, and identity. The story is set in the city of Karachi and follows the lives of two characters, Aasmaani and Moth. The novel has been widely praised for its beautiful prose and its ability to capture the essence of life in Karachi.
The Runaways by Fatima Bhutto
The Runaways is a novel that explores the themes of love, identity, and terrorism. The story is set in the city of Karachi and follows the lives of three characters, Anita, Monty, and Sunny. Bhutto’s ability to capture the nuances of life in Karachi has been widely praised.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire is a novel that explores the themes of family, love, and identity. The story is set in London and revolves around the lives of three siblings, Isma, Aneeka, and Parvaiz. The novel has been widely acclaimed for its beautiful prose and its ability to capture the complexities of human emotions.
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