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Título: Burnt Shadows
Editorial: Bloomsbury, UK
Año de publicación: 2009
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
UK First edition, first printing. SIGNED, LINED and DATED (26/4/09) to the title page. A fine, unread copy of the first edition, first impression hardback in a fine, unclipped dustjacket. All our books come with mylar protective jacket-protectors and shipped in custom boxes. N° de ref. de la librería A080
Sinopsis: In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantanamo Bay. How did it come to this? he wonders August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. In a split second, the world turns white. In the next, it explodes with the sound of fire and the horror of realisation. In the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. In search of new beginnings, she travels to Delhi two years later. There she walks into the lives of Konrad's half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu. As the years unravel, new homes replace those left behind and old wars are seamlessly usurped by new conflicts. But the shadows of history - personal, political - are cast over the entwined worlds of the Burtons, Ashrafs and the Tanakas as they are transported from Pakistan to New York, and in the novel's astonishing climax, to Afghanistan in the immediate wake of 9/11. The ties that have bound them together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerising in its evocation of time and place, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of disasters evaded and confronted, loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed.
"The most ambitious novel yet by this talented writer. In Burnt Shadows, Kamila Shamsie casts her imagination far and wide"
-- Mohsin Hamid
'Burnt Shadows is a historical novel for our times. Kamila Shamsie reaches across races, decades and continents. She is, as Salman Rushdie says on the cover, "a writer of immense ambition". I read it with admiration for her historical imagination' -- Charlotte Moore, Telegraph
'Burnt Shadows is audacious in its ambition, epic in its scope. A startling expansion of the author's intentions, imagination and craftsmanship. One can only admire the huge advances she has made, and helped us to make, in understanding the new global tensions.' -- Anita Desai
'How marvellous Kamila Shamsie is...I hope she wins every prize there is...I hope a lot of people read it.'
-- Xandra Bingley, author of Bertie, May and Mrs Fish
'Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world's many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age. Burnt Shadows is an absorbing novel that commands, in the reader, a powerful emotional and intellectual response.'
-- Salman Rushdie
'Shamsie's awesome new novel which spans six decades and the entire globe, from Japan via Delhi to New York and Afghanistan' -- Harper's Bazar
'Through its succession of seemingly disparate, acutely observed worlds, Burnt Shadows reveals the impact of shared histories, hinting at larger tragedies through individual loss'
-- Maya Jaggi, The Guardian
'the author deserves credit for tackling terrorism and its causes' -- Christina Koning, The Times
It's fantastic. It's what fiction can and should do. I have not read Kamila's work before, but I will go back in and read it all now. I am reminded of Lorca when I read this book and feel that she has found the pulse of the wound that probes through to the opposite side .... Wonderful! It will be one of the year's best
-- Colum McCann
`Its breadth and depth are wonderful...Beautifully paced, and delicately written;the past evoked with such lyricism and pain...it has such tenderness.'
-- Barbara Trapido
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