Reading about Pakistan through the lens of an author, whether local or international is always an interesting experience. Readers in Pakistan can actually imagine the streets, sounds, people and atmosphere that the author describes in the book which makes it surreal. If you haven’t read any books on Pakistan, now is your chance as we bring to you the 5 fiction books on Pakistan that you must read. Tripkar brings you an interesting list of books on Pakistan for you to enjoy:
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Daniyal Mueenuddin’s Pulitzer-nominated collection of short stories, “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” focuses on characters that occupy completely different positions in Pakistani society, giving perspectives in plots that masterfully depict Pakistani classes, ethnicities and lifestyles. One of the stories focusing on a particularly bizarre day of a south Punjabi farmer was hailed by Salman Rushdie as one of South Asia’s most incredible pieces of literature.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
A bestseller in the United States and perhaps the most famous Pakistani novel to date internationally, Mohsin Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is essential reading for an understanding of how upper middle-class families figure themselves both in the context of the Islamic Republic and the wider world, solely through the perspective of one American-educated young man.
From the pre-fatwa era Salman Rushdie comes a magical novel interweaving the tale of a up-and-coming young man from a thinly-veiled representation of Quetta, and his interaction with even less disguised characters that act as representations of General Zia-ul-Haq and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Rushdie’s novel is a comical, and its core, a blasphemous portrayal of two national figures proudly embraced by different political groups as saints.
A Case Of Exploding Mangoes
Another hilarious depiction of Zia-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hanif’s “A Case Of Exploding Mangoes” is a richly rewarding insight into the workings of the Pakistani establishment through the eyes of a young officer who gets involved in a conspiracy to kill the president. On the surface, the novel seems to be addressing issues like the ISI’s complete control of everything as very humorous, but it doesn’t allow its dark undertones to be unfelt.
A God In Every Stone
Set primarily in Peshawar, Kamila Shamsie’s historical novel “A God In Every Stone” takes readers back to an era that is rarely thought about in Pakistani discourse: an era where the British were the enemy, not the Hindus. A disillusioned World War veteran returns to his city and joins a nationalist Pashtun movement called the Khudai Khitmatgars, just as the British begin to clamp down on civil liberties in the frontier capital of colonial India.