Published in 2005,

Broken Verses

is the fourth novel by the multi-award-winning author, Kamila Shamsie. The recipient of the Patras Bokhari Award, conferred by the Academy of Letters in Pakistan, this “intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent” (


), “[t]hought-provoking” (


), “highly accomplished” (

New Statesman

), and “elegant, challenging” (

Daily Mail

) novel is a Karachi-based narrative imbued with suspense, politics, love, activism, loss, and trauma which each surface intermittently in the lives of its fascinating yet complicated characters.

Shamsie’s protagonist of Broken Verses, Aasmaani Inqalab, is a feminist challenge to the general assumption that female narrators inhabit a peripheral position in South Asian literature. Aasmaani, as Kirkus Review

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Citation: Anwar, Nadia. "Broken Verses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2023 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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