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The Yet Unknowing World
NAGASAKI, 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, Parchaiyaan
BURNT SHADOWS © 2009 by Kamila Shamsie.