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Kamila Shamsie is best known for her novels, which engage with political and aesthetic complexities of Pakistani culture. She also contributes short stories to anthologies of both British and Pakistani fiction. Her writing frequently examines topics of history, nationality, family relations, and feminism, with recurring motifs of displacement, nostalgia, and cultural alienation. Her political pieces include an extended polemic essay on Muslim archetypes, and innumerable journalistic comments on Pakistani history, political movements, and culture. Novelist Aminatta Forna has noted the duality of Kamila Shamsie's influence as both writer and public intellectual. Bibliographic Citation link.
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13 August 1973 KS was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She was her parents' second child and the younger of two daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
1982 KS first announced her intention to become a writer when she was only nine years old. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 1 March 2009 KS wrote Offence: The Muslim Case for Seagull Publishing's Manifestos of the 21st Century series. Bibliographic Citation link.
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