The nuclear novel in Pakistan

Authored by: Michaela M. Henry

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:

10.4324/9781315180618-7

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Abstract

This chapter considers a selection of novels from Pakistan and its diasporic writers that deal with nuclear weapons. The chapter outlines how novelists have responded in various ways to Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear armament. This analysis of literary and genre fiction demonstrates how the heterogeneous novelistic responses – a contentious mixture of pride, audacious hope, and fear – correspond to the political complexity of nuclearised Pakistan, as well as to the expansive metaphoric capacity of the image of ‘the bomb’.

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