Book excerpt

Burnt Shadows

A Novel

Kamila Shamsie

Picador

Burnt Shadows
The Yet Unknowing WorldNAGASAKI, 9 AUGUST 1945... a time to recollect every shadow, everything the earth was losing, a time to think of everything the earth and I had lost, of all that I would lose, of all that I was losing. 
--AGHA SHAHID ALI, A Nostalgist's Map of America 
 
 
In past wars only homes burnt, but this time Don't be surprised if even loneliness ignites. In past wars only bodies burnt, but this time Don't be surprised if even shadows ignite. 
--SAHIR LUDHIANVI, ParchaiyaanBURNT SHADOWS © 2009 by Kamila Shamsie.

KAMILA SHAMSIE was born in 1973 in Karachi. She has studied and taught in the USA. Two of her previous novels, Kartography and Broken Verses, have won awards from Pakistan's Academey of Letters. She writes for The Guardian (UK) and frequently broadcasts on the BBC.