Uzma Aslam Khan: The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali (3216 words)


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The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali (2019) is Uzma Aslam Khan’s fifth novel, winner of the UBL2020 English Fiction award, and shortlisted for the 2020 KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction award and the 2019 Tata Live! Book of the Year Award for Fiction. The book, a “much needed work of historical fiction” (Arif), is probably the first South Asian English novel to focus on that notorious British penal colony, the South Andaman Island in the archipelago, seven hundred miles south of Calcutta in the Bay of Bengal. “Invested with institutionally manufactured fear and intimidation… it lay beyond the dreaded Kala Pani or Black Water. Generations of freedom fighters were transported to it on …

Citation: Shamsie, Muneeza. "The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2020 [, accessed 10 April 2021.]

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