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Stranger to History - A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands
Stranger to History - A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands

Stranger to History - A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands

by Aatish Taseer

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Harper Collins


9789350295601 - Year: 2012 - Pages: 337



Aatish Taseer

Author: Aatish Taseer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 337
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350295601


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.


‘A subtle and poignant work by a young writer to watch’
== V.S. Naipaul

‘Stranger to History is the story of multiple quests: starting with a search for a “lost” Pakistani father, it evolves into an inquiry that is simultaneously personal, familial, historical, religious and political … The Pakistani parts of the narrative are conflicted in ways that mirror the relationship between India and Pakistan. But this is exactly what gives the book its power and interest: as the child of an Indian Sikh and a Pakistani Muslim, Aatish embodies, in his person, the tormented history of the Punjab’
== Amitav Ghosh

‘Aatish Taseer’s writing is made utterly distinctive by the cadences of his prose, which give to his troubled narrative a rich, ambivalent subjectivity. He is a compelling chronicler of the intertwining of historical and personal trauma’
== Amit Chaudhuri


‘Indispensable reading for anyone who wants a wider understanding of the Islamic world, of its history and its politics’
== Financial Times

‘This is a work that ought to be read by policy-makers in Whitehall and Washington as well as in Islamic countries for its insights into the thinking of angry young Muslim men’
== The Spectator

‘The writing is elegant and fluent throughout, the characters skillfully drawn, his descriptions are unforgettable …. Stranger to History shines’
== Guardian

‘An amazing narrative: a kind of Muslim Odyssey which unfolds before the reader’s eyes, bringing revelations, sometimes painful, but always intensely compelling’
== Antonia Fraser

‘Probing, exhilarating and shot through with pinpoint observations of people, places and situations’
== Herald

‘Taseer uses this intensely personal prism to spring a narrative that darts deftly between physical journey and childhood memoir’
== Literary Review

‘A fascinating and wholly focused quest’
== Scotsman

A brave, clear-eyed look at the contemporary flourishing of Islam’
== Kirkus Reviews

‘There are so many layers to this touching book [which] chronicles a poignant pilgrimage … Moving and exceedingly relevant’
== Booklist

‘This well-constructed travel memoir offers subtle political insight, well—drawn characters, lush detail, and poignant personal narrative. A welcome blend of journalism, travel writing, and memoir; strongly recommended’
== Library Journal

‘Stranger to History is full of difficult truths, but also clear-eyed reporting on aspects of the contemporary Muslim world’
== Foreword Reviews



2011: Death’s New Context
A Pilgrim’s Prelude


The Licence-plate Game
The Beeston Mail
‘Homo Islamicos’
Syria International: Notes from the Translation Room
Nail Polish
Bhutto’s Footprint
Mecca Reprise: ‘Muslims Only’


Stranger to History
The Tyranny of Trifles
Phone Booth
The Disciplinary (sic) Force of the Islamic Republic
Renaissance Now
Nerve Blindness
The Mango King
Contact Paper
Sind 360: The Open Wound
The Idea Country
Articles of Faith
Postscript: Distrust


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