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Burnt Shadows

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,069 ratings  ·  703 reviews
Beginning on August 9, 1945, in Nagasaki, and ending in a prison cell in the US in 2002, as a man is waiting to be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of love and betrayal.

Hiroko Tanaka is twenty-one and in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. As she steps onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the b
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Bond Street Books (first published 2009)
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Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-classics
A novel with great scope ranging over a vast sweep of modern history, written with great warmth and understanding. The characters are well drawn and believable. Characters with flaws, who make mistakes which have consequences, but who are understandable and feel like real people.
The novel is broken up into three sections. The first is in the 1940s; in 1945 Hiroko Tanaka has become engaged to Konrad Weiss, a German living, like her in Nagasaki. He is killed by the atomic bomb and she is injured.
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Merilee,Maria, Gail
Recommended to Barbara by: Rose O (with gratitude)
Shelves: asia, holocaust-ww-2
"Burnt Shadows" was a gift to me from a friend who valued this book highly. It was a gift for me because it has given me much food for thought. At the outset, I was determined to enjoy this book to share the pleasure with my friend, but as I progressed I could observe why she ranked it so extremely well.

I will not attempt a summary here. One can easily find that elsewhere. The scope of this novel is huge. It spans about 60 years, from the A- Bomb in Nagasaki, to the partitioning of India and Pa
Sherif Metwaly
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

س :-
ماالذي لم يعجبك في الرواية ؟

ج :-
الأسلوب والترجمة ، والجمل الإعتراضية الكثيرة المشتتة
لا أدري ، هل العيب في المترجمة أم الكاتبة ؟ ، ولكن على كل حال
!الأسلوب أصاب مرارتي في مقتل

س :-
ومالذي دفعك لقراءة 300 صفحة من الرواية وهي لاتعجبك ؟

ج :-
لأن آراء أكثر من صديق وصديقة تشيد بالرواية ، وبالتالي فأنا أكذِّب نفسي طوال القراءة وأقول لنفسي أن ثمة مشكلة لديّ ، ربما .
ولكن دعني أسألك سؤالاً ، مالذي قد يدفعك لتحمل أسلوب منفر بهذا الشكل غير آراء الأصدقاء ؟
لاتجد إجابة ؟ ، حسناً سأجيب أنا ، الذي قد
Elzhraa Elrayess
منذ زمن لم اعطي 5 نجوم.لكن الرواية تستحق كل الخمسة.فالكاتبة جمعت في ذكاء خيوط احداث العالم منذ نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية حتي بعد 11 سبتمبر بسلاسة جميلة.

هذه الصورة تعبر تعبير تام عن الرواية فهي بكل اناقة اوضحت دور العم سام في مصائب العالم.
تحكي الرواية عن فتاة يابانية نجت من نجازاكي وفقدت فيها كل شيء حتي اجزاء من روحها فقدتها مع اجزاء جلدها المحترقة في هذا الجزء توقفت وبحثت فلم اكن قرأت كثيرا عن نجازاكي و اكثر ما هالني الحجج المغرورة للحكومة الامريكية بكل عجرفة يقولون هذا كان لانقاذ حياة الامر
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

(كانت هناك حكاية عن بنت يزحف ناحيتها أبوها المحتضرفي هيئة سحلية وقد أرعبتها بشاعته حتى إنها استغرقت سنوات لتفهم أن آخر حركة قام بها كانت ناحيتها بعد أن قضى عمره كله يبتعد عنها، وأخرى عن ولد هزوه ليوقظوه من حياته ويخبروه أنها كانت حلمًا، وكذلك كان كل من أحبهم فيها، وأن هذا العالم المتفحم، هذا السجن، هذه الوحدة، هي الحياة الحقيقية. عن كائنات في كتب، بظهور قرمزية، وأعمدة فقرية مكسورة، قدمت نفسها قربانًا، لئلا تعيش في عالم يعتبر كل ما خُط فيه ضربا من الخيال. عن امرأة فقدت شعورها فنفذت النار من ظهرها
Ahmed Oraby
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-got
يمكن تكون أرخم رواية قريتها في حياتي، رواية سمجة كده، من النوع اللي مبيخلصش ومش بيبقى عاوزك تخلصه، رواية لازقة. بس مع كده أنا بحب إيمان حرز الله وترجمات حرز الله.
يلا مش مهم :D
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zanna by: Alice
'Why? Can't women travel alone in India?'

Elizabeth almost laughed. So much for those demure Japanese women of all the stories she'd heard. Here was one who would squeeze the sun in her fist if she ever got the chance; yes, and tilt her head back to swallow its liquid light.
Here is how to write a novel with emotional truth: find your characters, and let them make their stories. But Kamila Shamsie, who in Burnt Shadows does this so superbly, has done so much more. When I shared the opening themes
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Ken-ichi
A twisting yarn of a book that struck me as something written fresh on the heels of 9-11. There were certain elements of the plot that I thought were probably even more impactful for readers who read this book a few years after that horrific event.

Beginning in Nagasaki, Japan, just before the second nuclear bomb drops, the story ventures to India, Turkey, Pakistan, and New York as it follows two families, one of German-English and another Japanese-Pakistani extraction. Lives mirror and intersec
Khaled Al Desouky
قوية، رائعة، مؤثرة، مُشوقة الي أبعد درجة
من ناجازاكي الي دلهي الي كراتشي الي نيويورك الي أفغانستان تسافر مع أحداث الكتاب الي تلك الأماكن وتفتقد الأماكن السابقة.. أو لا تفتقدها بالمرة!

هيروكو، سجاد، الزي وجايمس غرباء جدا لكن وقت اللقاء أقرباء بطريقة ساحرة.
مآسي ومآسي ما تتكون منه هذه الرواية... ليس بها لحظات جميلة أو حميمية بالقدر الذي تواجدت فيه الأحداث التراجيدية

هي رواية فيها الكثير من المشاعر المتداخلة -وأيضا اللغات- بين شخصياتها ونتاج حياة أشخاص تؤثر علي الكل سواء داخل الرواية أو خارجها

João Carlos
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2015

The Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, which was obliterated on 9 August 1945. The replacement was built in 1959 - Photograph: Shigeo Hayashi/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

”Sombras Queimadas” o quinto romance da paquistanesa Kamila Shamsie (n. 1973) está dividido em quatro partes: ”O Mundo ainda Desconhecido” (Nagasáqui, 9 de Agosto de 1945), ”Pássaros Velados” (Deli, 1947), ”Guerreiros Meio-Anjos” (Paquistão, 1982 – 1983) e ”A Velocidade Necessária para Substituir a Perda (Nova Iorque, Afeganistão, 20
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I was impressed with the scope of this novel - from Japan to Pakistan to America, and covering about half a century - it touched upon a broad spectrum of cultures, politics and lives, with the twists and turns in the story largely governed by geographic location.

For me it was all about identity, and how a sense of identity can be damaged by the horror of an atomic bomb, or by failing exams, by subterfuge, or by looking different to those around you. But as well as exploring alienation, this boo
Anum Shaharyar
She had not thought of destination so much as departure, wheeling through the world with the awful freedom of someone with no one to answer to. She had become, in fact, a figure out of myth. The character who loses everything and is born anew in blood.

This book is amazing. No, scratch that. Amazing is probably too weak a word here. Think Astounding. Remarkable. The kind of book you tell your best friend to read so you can discuss it together, going over all the finer points.

I’ll admit, I start
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has quickly become one of my favourite books of all time. It's an important and beautifully written read, give it a chance.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read so much, and so quickly, that it takes a rare exception of a book to send me searching for post-it notes and a pen to write down quotes from the writing. I found the writing in this book so compelling, that I stopped reading everything else for two whole days and just immersed myself in the story of a woman who finds herself in the midst of several acts of war in the lifetime. From Nagasaki where she is scared mentally and physically, to Delhi where she runs with her new husband from the ...more
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read, terrifying in parts, heart-breaking in others and beautifully written throughout - this story has had a huge impact on me and I know it will linger for a long while.

From the beginning of the book when the atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, the effects of this act and of war on the familes involved in the story line shows just how pointless war is.

Kamila Shamsie paints some vivid pictures that are difficult to shift and often invoke high emotion.

I'd highly recommend this novel
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book, from the Orange Prize shortlist, has had terribly mixed reviews. How can a book that tries to tie together the bombing of Nagasaki, the partition of India, the Afghan conflict and 9/11 possibly work? Well, it does - I absolutely loved it. Hiroko is a wonderful character - she lives on the page in a way a character hasn't for me in ages, and she's the anchor that holds this enormous story together. The writing is quite beautiful - some of the imagery will really stay with me, but it re ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Há livros que estão arrumados na estante há anos e nunca foram lidos e não sabemos porquê. Não me lembro sequer de ter comprado este livro; talvez tenha sido uma oferta ou alguma promoção. A capa, o título e a sinopse são apelativos, mas o livro já teve arrumado no fundo da prateleira, já esteve numa pilha para ser vendido, e só na semana passada é que peguei nele, ao acaso, por não ter ideia concreta do que ler depois de ter acabado o romance do Afonso Cruz.

Embora não seja uma obra literária de
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought it was about a victim of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki,but the book went on to include the partition of India,life in Karachi,the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the US invasion of Afghanistan as well.While some parts of the book were interesting,at times it felt very contrived.The last hundred pages,in particular were so boring that I was relieved when the book finally came to an end.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The journey from Hiroko Tanaka to an almost Hiroko Konrad and finally, Hiroko Ashraf was intensely poetic and linked to the many absurdities of life. Everything written in the book can be reflected in one simple phrase, "The speed necessary to replace loss." More than a search for identity, Burnt Shadows is a tale about learning the secret about loss. There is no overcoming, just a bitter fading of it and an ever pronounceable taste that can surface anytime.

For Raza Konrad Ashraf, the narration
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
رواية مشحونة بالدراما والعاطفة والحزن ..تبدأ أحداثها من 9 أغسطس 1945 بقنبلة ناجازاكي مرورا بالاحتلال السوفيتي لأفغانستان الى باكستان واحداث مابعد الحادي عشر من سبتمبر وعودة مرة أخرى لأفغانستان هذا البلد الذي قال عنة أحد أبطال الرواية (مات جميع من لك ما عدا واحداً ,ياالله ماذا فعل الافغان لحمل كل هذة الاحزان؟) ...رواية ملحمية أتمنى أن يعمل منها فلم
الترجمة بهذه الرواية مش ولابد..النهاية المفتوحة ماأعجبتني دائما ومازلت أكرة النهايات المفتوحة.
I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. But it failed to 'wow' me....
For some reason the plot seemed a tad too obvious. I could tell more or less what was going to happen, in which direction the scenes were developing. So I was reading at two levels, one to read the plot, and another to sense/study the words on the page. That second aspect however wasn't taking me anywhere. I expected to be engaged by the narrative exposition – looking forward to discover irony, doubl
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is an ambitious epic book that grabs you in the prologue, as an unnamed narrator is disrobed and left to wait naked with only a steel bench to sit on. His thought is – “How did it come to this.” How stark is this setting – but the grace of the language warns you that this is a story that you want to see unfold.

The story spans 60 years and takes the reader to five different countries: Nagasaki, August 1945; Delhi 1947; Pakistan 1982-3; and New York/ Afghanistan 200
Ehab El Malah
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«الظلال المحترقة» للروائية الباكستانية كاميلا شمسي.. أول رواية تترجم لها إلى اللغة العربية..
رواية بديعة.. هائلة وإنسانية.. تمتد زمانيا لأكثر من نصف القرن.. من نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية عام 1945 وحتى ما بعد أحداث الحادي عشر من سبتمبر 2001.. وتنبسط مكانيا من نجازاكي اليابان مرورا بدلهي الهند وكراتشي باكستان ومعسكرات اللاجئين الأفغان على الحدود الأفغانية الباكستانية وختاما بنيويورك الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية..
"هيروكو" الفتاة اليابانية الرقيقة الناجية من مأساة نجازاكي المروعة.. بحروق بارزة على ظه
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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بعض الأعمال تعرف طريقها إلينا لأنها تحمل جزء منا بصورة أو بأخرى ...
هذه الرواية تعتبر مرور عابر على ما حدث في العالم بدءا من احداث ناجازاكى إلى أحداث الحاى عشر من سبتمبر
الفكرة والترابط والأحداث والمشاعر كل شئ في هذا العمل جيد
والألم كذلك
ستشعر مع الإنتهاء منه أنك فقدت عائلة لا صديق ...
هل حقا هناك من كُتب عليهم الفقد طوال حياتهم ...
سأفتقد سِاجًد جدا لا زلت حزينة لموته ...

هذه الرواية جعلتنى أعلم أننا لم يعد هناك باعة كتب حقا بعد أن اشتريتها بعشرة جنيهات كروايات ليست ذات قيمة ...
لو يعلمون ...
Amal Dawas
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
والعالم يسير كانت نهاية الرواية من قنبلة نجا زاكي الى تقسيم الهند والحرب وملف النووي الباكستاني والهندي وحرب افغانستان والسوفيت والحرب الباردة بين وطالبان واحداث ١١-٩ وذكريات شتى وحيوات متنوعة لامست قارات العالم وملفات تفتح وتغلق من وطن رقم واحد رائعة واكثر من رائعة شكرًا كاملة شمسي لم اترك اي صفحة قد يفوتني حدث يلامس حقيقة واقعة
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my GR friends
A great read! I highly recommend it. You will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched.

Beautiful lyrical prose. This book was an Orange Prize finalist.
Chelsey Clammer
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Beautiful. The way that Shamsie deals with trauma, hatred, and racism throughout the novel are astonishing. This book is just so well written--I can't get over it.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it

I finished this last night. Three or four stars? Do I REALLY like it or do I like it. While I was reading it, I REALLY liked it, but with time it is the story that will remain not all the wonderful lines that are so intriguing. I think it will turn into an "I liked it" book. You will thoroughly enjoy the time spent with this book if you enjoyed the quotes below. Don't think three stars means, aacch choose something else. I loved it b/c it was thought provoking. The last third of the b
Zarish Fatima
I started this book with no hope of ever liking it. Mainly because it had names in Japanese and German that i could not pronounce. It was slow in some places but picked the pace in the end.
It is precisely the story of a woman who leaves Japan in hope of a better world trying to out run her past, the story is 55 years of her life from there on.
It shows world at its worst and how love, friendship, forgiveness and loyalty can still exist in it. How every decision we make is not independent it conc
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-paquistao, 2e
Não consegui criar ligação à história e às personagens e desisti dele a meio. A partir de metade fui saltando páginas, procurando pelo “clique” que me fizesse recuar, mas não o encontrei. No entanto, fiquei com a sensação de que “deixei escapar” um bom livro.
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Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Karachi, where she grew up. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at the University of Massachusetts she wrote In The City By The Sea , published by Granta Books UK in 1998. This first novel was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award in the UK, and Shamsie recei ...more
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