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Talking Books special from the Lahore Literary Festival

Talking Books: On the Road – Lahore

For a new two part series of Talking Books, Razia Iqbal is in Pakistan for the Lahore Literary Festival.

On BBC World News (DStv channel 400)

  1. Saturday 15th March at 14:30
  2. Sunday 16th March at 09:30 and 21:30 

In episode 1 Razia travels to Lahore to meet writer Mohammed Hanif. Previously an officer, a pilot and a journalist, he is now a satirical novelist exploring the contradictions in Pakistani society, one of the new generation of writers in Pakistan keen to show there is much more to the country than conflict. Hanif talks to Razia about his decision to write about minorities in Pakistan today and why he likes to make his readers laugh.

On BBC World News (DStv channel 400)

In Episode 2 Razia Iqbal meets the Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie. Shamsie has written extensively about her home city of Karachi, but her last two novels have spanned several continents and decades in history, from Nagasaki to 9/11, and from the excavation of India’s ancient history to its nascent independence movement. Shamsie talks to Razia about why she is drawn to the themes of loyalty and belonging.