1971

Reassessing a forgotten national narrative

Authored by: Muneeza Shamsie

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138745520
eBook ISBN: 9781315180618
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315180618-3

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Abstract

In Pakistan, there exists a public ‘amnesia’ over the brutal conflict of 1971 and the loss of half a country, East Pakistan (which became an independent Bangladesh). These traumatic events have yet to be addressed at a national level, but they are being tackled increasingly in Pakistani anglophone fiction. This chapter explores this valuable body of work and the telling insights it provides into a largely forgotten, but immensely important and significant episode in Pakistan’s history, through the writings of Tariq Rahman, Sorayya Khan, Aamer Hussein, Aquila Ismail, Shahbano Bilgrami, Sara Suleri, Kamila Shamsie, and Roopa Farooki, among others.

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