The Scatter Here Is Too Great

The Scatter Here Is Too Great

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: London, England, Vintage,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780099589846
Characteristics: 203 pages ; 20 cm.


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Feb 20, 2017

addictive and well-written.

Jun 02, 2016

Bilal Tanweer is a talented writer who loves his city of Karachi and takes a post-modern approach of linked fragments to tell the story of his city. He was a protégé of Kamila Shamsie and this book is obviously a debut in its self-consciousness and striving always to find the perfect word.

Jan 22, 2015

Hmmm ... I found bits of this book interesting, but with the number of different characters 'speaking', I struggled to make the connection between some of them and how they related to the story.

quagga Dec 27, 2014

These interconnected short stories set in contemporary Pakistan made my heart feel bigger.

ChristchurchLib Oct 19, 2014

"After a deadly bomb blast at the Karachi train station, the lives of ordinary people—an old communist poet; his wealthy, middle-aged son; a young man; a heartbroken girl; and a grief-stricken writer—become entwined as they try to make sense of this devastating tragedy." Fiction A to Z October 2014 newsletter

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