Home Fire

Author: Kamila Shamsie Language: English Summary: WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION – LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in … Continue reading Home Fire

Io sono Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai,  Christina Lamb

Language: Italian

Summary: Valle dello Swat, Pakistan, 9 ottobre 2012, ore dodici. La scuola è finita, e Malala insieme alle sue compagne è sul vecchio bus che la riporta a casa. All’improvviso un uomo sale a bordo e spara tre proiettili, colpendola in pieno volto e lasciandola in fin di vita. Malala ha appena quindici anni, ma per i talebani è colpevole di aver gridato al mondo sin da piccola il suo desiderio di leggere e studiare. Per questo deve morire. Ma Malala non muore: la sua guarigione miracolosa sarà l’inizio di un viaggio straordinario dalla remota valle in cui è nata fino all’assemblea generale delle Nazioni Unite. Oggi Malala è il simbolo universale delle donne che combattono per il diritto alla cultura e al sapere, ed è stata la più giovane candidata di sempre al Premio Nobel per la pace. Questo libro è la storia vera e avvincente come un romanzo della sua vita coraggiosa, un inno alla tolleranza e al diritto all’educazione di tutti i bambini, il racconto appassionato di una voce capace di cambiare il mondo. Fonte: amazon.it

Continue reading “Io sono Malala”

The wandering falcon

Author: Jamil Ahmad

Language: English

Summary: Traditions that have lasted for centuries, both brutal and beautiful, create a rigid structure for life in the wild, astonishing place where Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan meet—the Federally Administered Tribal Lands (FATA). It is a formidable world and the people who live there are constantly subjected to extremes—both of geography and of culture.
The Wandering Falcon begins with a young couple, refugees from their tribe, who have traveled to the middle of nowhere to escape the cruel punishments meted upon those who transgress the boundaries of marriage and family. Their son, Tor Baz, descended from both chiefs and outlaws, becomes “The Wandering Falcon,” a character who travels throughout the tribes, over the mountains and the plains, in the towns and tents that comprise the homes of the tribal people. The media today speak about this unimaginably remote region, a geopolitical hotbed of conspiracies, drone attacks, and conflict—now, told in the rich, dramatic tones of a master storyteller, this stunning, honor-bound culture is revealed from the inside.
Jamil Ahmad has written an unforgettable portrait of a world of custom and compassion, of love and cruelty, of hardship and survival, a place fragile, unknown, and unforgiving. Source: Goodreads.com

Continue reading “The wandering falcon”

The Taliban shuffle: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

 

Author: Kim Burker

Language: English

Summary: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak. Source: Amazon.com

Continue reading “The Taliban shuffle: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan”

Pakistan, a hard country

Author: Anatol Lieven

Language: English

Summary: In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest longterm threat is ecological change.

Anatol Lieven’s book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven’s extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing. Source: Amazon.com

Continue reading “Pakistan, a hard country”

Scenes from an early life

Author: Philip Hensher

Language: English

Summary: In late 1970 a boy named Saadi is born into a large, defiantly Bengali family in eastern Pakistan. Months later the country splits in two, in what will become one of the most ferocious twentieth-century civil wars. Saadi tells the story of his childhood and of the ingenious ways his family survived the violence and conflicts: from his aunts stuffing him endlessly with sweets to stop marauding soldiers from hearing him cry, to street games based on American television shows; from the basement compartment his grandfather built to hide his treasured books, pictures, and music until after the war, to the daily gossip about each and every one of the relatives, servants, and neighbors. Scenes from Early Life is a beautifully detailed novel of profound empathy—an attempt to capture the collective memory of a family and a country. At once heartbreaking and surprisingly funny, Scenes from Early Life is based on the life of Philip Hensher’s husband, and as such it is at once a memoir, a novel, and a history. As this remarkable writer brings the past to life, we come to feel, vividly and viscerally, that Saadi’s family—and its struggles and triumphs—are our own. Source: amazon.com

Continue reading “Scenes from an early life”