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The author of the book: Kamila Shamsie
Edition: Berlin Verlag Taschenbuch
Date of issue: July 2016
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A God in Every Stone is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece of empire and rebellion by a storyteller of dizzying ambition and talent.
Opening on the eve of the First World War in the Ottoman Empire in Turkey, the novel ends with a bloody massacre in the heart of the British Empire in India. And running through it, like a secret river, is the story of an ancient lost treasure, a silver circlet, given to the explorer Scylax by the Persian King.
Vivian Rose Spencer is fascinated by the history of ancient empires, and in the summer of 1914 she finds herself fulfilling a dream by joining an archeological dig in Turkey. It is here alongside young Germans and Turks that the young English woman will fall in love with an old family friend, the distinguished archeologist, Tahsin Bey. As she begins to see the world through his eyes, she also shares his obsession with finding Scylax’s lost silver circlet.
As her idyllic summer comes to an end with the outbreak of war in Europe, her friends will become her nation’s enemies and her loyalties will be tested.
Months later, in the battlefields of Europe Indian soldiers are fighting for the British Empire. At Ypres one Qayyum Gul, a Lance Corporal from Peshawar, will lose an eye, and find himself recuperating in a Royal Pavilion in England. Surrounded by the glories of empire he will slowly begin to doubt his loyalties to the British King.
Returning to Peshawar, Qayyum Gul will share a train carriage with Vivian Rose Spencer who is on her way to his hometown in response to a mysterious message from Tahsin Bey. As she searches for the silver circlet, he searches for a new leader to believe in. Fifteen years later, they will meet again and their loyalties will be tested once more amidst massacres, cover-ups and the disappearance of a young man they both love.
With A God in Every Stone, Kamila Shamsie, one of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists” and the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Burnt Shadows, establishes herself as a major international voice whose storytelling sheds light on our own complex times.
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Read information about the authorKamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Karachi, where she grew up. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at the University of Massachusetts she wrote In The City By The Sea , published by Granta Books UK in 1998. This first novel was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award in the UK, and Shamsie received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her 2000 novel Salt and Saffron led to Shamsie’s selection as one of Orange’s “21 Writers of the 21st Century.” With her third novel, Kartography , Shamsie was again shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys award in the UK. Both Kartography and her next novel, Broken Verses , won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. Burnt Shadows, Shamsie’s fifth novel, has been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her books have been translated into a number of languages.
Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsie, the niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosain, and the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah. A reviewer and columnist, primarily for the Guardian, Shamsie has been a judge for several literary awards including The Orange Award for New Writing and The Guardian First Book Award. She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship.
For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State. She now lives primarily in London.
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