The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer

The Scatter Here is too Great

Affecting collection of a chain of short stories linking a city and its people after a bomb blast. Extremely powerful in its depiction of violence and how it impacts peoples lives. Karachi and its inhabitants are explored, you understand the city’s heartbeat and what makes its people tick. Story’s delving into family roots, father-son relationships,

Karachi a vibrant city with a pulse where its population desperately seeks calm pre and post bomb blast. Both city and people forever hopeful, eyes on a bright sensical future.

Powerful interrelated moving collection of shorts. Every story knots the next story creating a necklace of poignancy. Terror and violence the core but individually the story’s are rich and tactile. Wonderful debut from a strong author, kudos to Tanweer.

“Ever seen a bullet-smashed windscreen?
The hole at the center becomes an eye. You see less through it but you gain focus, sharpness. That’s how it is-our wounds become our eyes.
Seeing outside becomes seeing outside.


Published December 8th 2013 by Random House India (first published November 2013)
Pages 214
ISBN13: 9788184004595

Recommendation: 3/5


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