The Empty Room
Sadia Abbas (Author)
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DescriptionIn 1970s Karachi, where violence and political and social uncertainty are on the rise, a beautiful and talented painter, Tahira, tries to hold her life together as it Shatters around her. Her marriage is quickly revealed to be a trap from which there appears no escape. Accustomed to the company of her brother Waseem and friends, Andaleep and Safdar, who are activists, writers and thinkers, Tahira struggles to adapt to her new world of stifling conformity and to fight for her identity as a woman and an artist. Tragedy strikes when her brother and friends are caught up in the cynically repressive regime. Faced with loss and injustice, she embarks upon a series of paintings entitled 'the empty room', filling the blank canvases with vivid colour and light. Elegant, poetic and powerful, The Empty Room is an important addition to contemporary Pakistani literature, a moving portrait of life in Karachi at a pivotal moment in the nation's history and a powerful meditation on art and the dilemmas faced by women who must find their own creative path in hostile conditions.
November 15, 2018
5.3 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Sadia Abbas grew up in Pakistan and Singapore. She received her Ph.D in English literature from Brown University, teaches in the English Department at Rutgers University-Newark, and is adjunct professor at the Stavros Niarchos Center for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University. She loves long walks, the Mediterranean and, indiscriminately, all sorts of films.