Stranger To History : A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands

Sku: 9789350295601

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  • ISBN: 9789350295601
  • Author: Taseer Aatish
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 364
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

'A subtle and poignant work by a young writer to watch' - V.S. Naipaul 'An amazing narrative a kind of Muslim Odyssey' - Antonia Fraser As a child all Aatish Taseer ever had of his father was his photograph in a browning silver frame. Raised by his Sikh mother in Delhi his father a Pakistani Muslim remained a distant figure. It was a fractured upbringing which left Aatish with many questions about his own identity. Stranger to History is the story of the journey Aatish made to answer these questions. Starting from Istanbul Islam's once greatest city he travels to Mecca its most holy and then home through Iran and Pakistan. Ending in Lahore at his estranged father's home on the night Benazir Bhutto was killed it is also the story of Aatish's own divided family over the past fifty years. Part memoir part travelogue probing stylish and troubling this outstanding work now includes an incisive new introduction which brings Aatish's story up to date with the horrific assassination of his father in early 2011.

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