Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire

Aroosa Kanwal (International Islamic University Islamabad (Pakistan))
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Home Fire (2017), Kamila Shamsie’s seventh novel, has won numerous awards - the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction; the 2018 Hellenic Prize; and the 2019 Adab Festival Getz Pharma Prize. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Novel Award; the 2018 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; the 2019 Liberaturpreis; the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, and was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Shamsie was born and raised in Karachi and is a writer of Muslim origin. She has lived in Pakistan, Britain, and the United States, and this hybrid background is reflected in the global sweep of her novels. She now resides primarily in London.

Taking inspiration from Sophocles’ tragic play Antigone, Home Fire narrates the events that lead the protagonist, Aneeka Pasha, and her

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Citation: Kanwal, Aroosa. "Home Fire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39081, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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