Kamila Shamsie





Kamila Shamsie

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January 01, 1973

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Kamila Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist, who writes in the English language. She was brought up in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School.

She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was influenced by the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali.

Kamila wrote her first novel, In The City By The Sea, while she was still at UMass, and it was published in both India and England in 1998. It was soon shortlisted for the 'John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday award in the UK', and she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed up on her success, and was published i
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Average rating: 3.72 · 6,622 ratings · 863 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
Burnt Shadows
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,739 ratings — published 2009 — 33 editions
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Kartography
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,531 ratings — published 2001 — 16 editions
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Salt and Saffron
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 829 ratings — published 2000 — 14 editions
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Broken Verses
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 759 ratings — published 2005 — 15 editions
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A God in Every Stone
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 461 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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In the City by the Sea
3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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Offence: The Muslim Case
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2009
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Die Straße der Geschichtene...
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2015
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“For a second I was almost jealous of the clouds. Why was he looking to them for an escape when I was right here beside him?”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

“There is no mystery-- that's the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is.”
Kamila Shamsie, Broken Verses

“Her definition of romance was absentminded intimacy, the way someone else's hand stray to your plate of food.
I replied: no, that's just friendship; romance is always knowing exactly where that someone else's hands are. She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. But at the heart of the romance is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they'll find a way back to you, and maybe you'll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that's still possible, in spit of your own weaknesses- and his.”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

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