Sadia Abbas, The Empty Room

Sofia Hussain (International Islamic University Islamabad (Pakistan))
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The grass is also like me As soon as it can raise its head The lawnmower, Obsessed with flattening it into velvet Mows it down again. How you strive and endeavour to level women down too! But neither the earth’s nor woman’s desire to manifest life dies. Kishwar Naheed -translated from Urdu by Rukhsana Ahmad

Sadia Abbas’s debut novel, The Empty Room, which she calls “a bit of a love letter to Karachi” (Quadri), was published by Zubaan books in 2018, and shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Abbas, a Pakistani-American author, is presently serving as an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey, USA. As a postcolonial critic, she has published a scholarly book, At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the

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Citation: Hussain, Sofia. "The Empty Room". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39440, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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