Kamila Shamsie

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Kamila Shamsie in 2016

Kamila Shamsie (August 13, 1973) is a British Pakistani writer and novelist.


  • The thing you know in the abstract, but which you have to see, is the vastness of the place and how little relationship one side of it has to another. Mostly, the landscape is just unbelievably beautiful. You do a lot of looking and not that much thinking.
  • I tend to be an optimist about human nature but a political pessimist…I think we’re living in very, very scary times and we have to find ways of looking squarely at it and finding reasons for optimism.
  • …I am absolutely not someone who thinks that politics is separate from the most intimate details of people’s lives…

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