Through interviews with leading writers (including Ahdaf Soueif and Hanif Kureishi), this book analyzes the writing and opinions of novelists of Muslim heritage based in the UK. Discussion centres on writers' work, literary techniques, and influences, and on their views of such issues as the hijab, the war on terror and the Rushdie Affair.
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TARIQ ALI Well-known Historian, Novelist, Film-maker, Campaigner and Political Commentator HANIF KUREISHI Oscar-nominated Screenplay Writer, Film-maker, Playwright and Novelist; Whitbread-winner (for The Buddha of Suburbia) LEILA ABOULELA Orange-prize Nominated for Two Books (The Translator; Minaret) MOHSIN HAMID Booker-nominated Author (for The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 2007) AHDAF SOUEIF Booker-nominated Author (for The Map of Love, 1996) KAMILA SHAMSIE Orange-shortlisted Author of Burnt Shadows, 2009 ZAHID HUSSAIN Author of The Curry Mile ABDULRAZAK GURNAH Booker- and Whitbread-nominated Author (for Paradise, 1994) NADEEM ASLAM Prize-winning Young Novelist (Season of the Rainbirds won the Betty Trask award; Maps for Lost Lovers won the Kiriyama Prize) ROBIN YASSIN-KASSAB Novelist (The Road from Damascus, 2008) TAHMIMA ANAM Bangladeshi Writer AAMER HUSSEIN Author of Short Stories and Novels FADIA FAQIR Jordanian WriterReview:
"The consistently engaging interviews within this collection will create a valuable reading list of some of the most acclaimed postcolonial novels of recent years. Chambers's dialogues with these writers offer a contextual basis for their texts in both politics and creative practice, and raise expectations for her next study." - Journal of Postcolonial Writing
"In recent years, numerous books focusing on the representation of British Muslims have been published . . . Rarely, however, have the voices of Muslims been at the forefront of these debates. Chambers' collection of interviews with some of Britain's most prominent authors of Muslim heritage seeks to address this imbalance . . . There is much to learn from these interviews, and it serves as a valuable introduction to an important part of Britain's contemporary literary landscape." - Ole Birk Laursen, Open University, UK
"Chambers has done a commendable job in bringing together writers of Muslim heritage with diverse backgrounds . . . The book is a valuable contribution to contemporary postcolonial scholarship and will prove useful for students and scholars alike." - Contemporary South Asia
'...scholars interested in contemporary literature that deals with multicultural Britain will find an important source book in Chambers' work.' - Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
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