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Sunlight on a Broken Column

Hosain, Attia, Shamsie, Kamila
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (Virago Press Ltd)
Published: August 19, 2021
ISBN: 9780349014470
384 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£9.99

Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather’s traditional household by her aunts, who keep purdah. At fifteen she moves to the home of her ‘liberal’ but autocratic uncle in Lucknow. As the struggle for Independence sharpens, Laila is surrounded by relatives and university friends caught up in politics, but she is unable to commit herself to any cause: her own fight for independence is a struggle against tradition.

With its stunning evocation of India, its political insight and unsentimental understanding of the human heart, Sunlight on a Broken Column is a classic of Muslim life.

Attia Hosain published only two books, but her writing has influenced generations of writers. Discover Phoenix Fled, Hosain’s acclaimed short-story collection, also published in Virago Modern Classics.

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