The Scatter Here is Too Great

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A love letter to Karachi, told by the people linked together by one devastating event.

Shortlisted for the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2014.
     The Scatter Here is Too Great heralds a major new voice from Pakistan with a stunning debut -- a novel told in a rich variety of distinctive voices that converge at a single horrific event: a bomb blast at a station in the heart of the city.
     Comrade Sukhansaz, an old communist poet, is harassed on a bus full of college students minutes before the blast. His son, a wealthy middle-aged businessman, yearns for his own estranged child. A young man, Sadeq, has a dead-end job snatching cars from people who have defaulted on their bank loans, while his girlfriend spins tales for her young brother to conceal her own heartbreak. An ambulance driver picking up the bodies after the blast has a shocking encounter with two strange-looking men whom nobody else seems to notice. And in the midst of it all, a solitary writer, tormented with grief for his dead father, struggles to find words.
     In a style that is at once inventive and deeply moving, Tanweer reveals the pain, loneliness and longing of these characters and celebrates the power of the written word to heal individuals and communities plagued by violence. Elegantly weaving together a striking portrait of a city and its people, The Scatter Here is Too Great is a love story written to Karachi -- as vibrant and varied in its characters, passions, and idiosyncrasies as the city itself.

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Winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize
short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

A fascinating and intricate novel-in-stories, this stunning debut explores the complicated lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a deadly bomb blast at a train station in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.

Comrade Sukhansaz, an old communist poet, is harassed on a bus full of college students minutes before a fatal bomb blast. His son, a wealthy, middle-aged businessman, yearns for his own estranged child. A young man, Sadeq, has a dead-end job snatching cars from people who have defaulted on their bank loans, while his girlfriend spins tales for her young brother to conceal her own heartbreak. An ambulance driver picking up the bodies after the blast has a shocking encounter with two strange-looking men whom nobody else seems to notice. And in the midst of it all, a solitary writer, tormented with grief for his dead father and his decimated city, struggles to find words.

Elegantly weaving together these voices into a striking portrait of a city and its people, The Scatter Here Is Too Great is a tale as vibrant and varied in its characters, passions, and idiosyncrasies as the city itself.

About the Author:

BILAL TANWEER was born and raised in Karachi. His fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in various international journals including Granta, Vallum, The Caravan and Word Without Borders. He was selected as a Granta new voice in 2011 and was named an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He lives in Lahore.

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