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Karachi Vice

Karachi Vice

Life and Death in a Contested City

by Samira Shackle
Hardback
Publication Date: 10/08/2021
  $44.95
A fast-paced, hair-raising journey around Karachi in the company of those who know the city inside out - from an electrifying new voice in narrative non-fiction.
 


Karachi. Pakistan's largest city is a sprawling metropolis of twenty million people, twice the size of New York City. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force.  It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick. 
 
In this powerful debut, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother's birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites.  Among them is Safdar the ambulance driver, who knows the city's streets and shortcuts intimately and will stop at nothing to help his fellow citizens. There is Parveen, the activist whose outspoken views on injustice repeatedly lead her towards danger. And there is Zille, the hardened journalist whose commitment to getting the best scoops puts him at increasing risk. 
 
Their individual experiences unfold and converge, as Shackle tells the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade as it endures a terrifying crime wave: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight.
 
Writing with intimate local knowledge and a global perspective, Shackle paints a vivid portrait of one of the most complex and compelling cities in the world, a city where the borders blur between politicians and gangsters and between lawful and unlawful, as dangerous new forces of violent extremism are pitted against old networks of power.
ISBN:
9781612199429
9781612199429
Category:
Travel & holiday
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
10-08-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
209.55x139.7mm
Weight:
0.57kg
Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle is a freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent.

She travels to Pakistan regularly where she has family and spent extensive time there working on the book. This is her debut.

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