Uzma Aslam Khan
Uzma Aslam Khan is an award-winning author of four novels. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in locations across the globe, including England, Japan, Philippines and Oceania.
In 2003 her novel Trespassing received a Commonwealth Prize nomination, and The Geometry of God was one of the Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2009 and won the Bronze award at the Independent Book Publishers Awards. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Massachusetts Review, Counterpunch, Drawbridge, Dawn, Herald, among other anthologies and journals.
Khan currently lives in western Massachusetts where she teachers at Hampshire College. Thinner Than Skin is her latest novel.
Thinner Than Skin is available for pre-order: http://bit.ly/ThinnerThanSkin_Amazon
Praise for Uzma Aslam Khan
‘Here in the West we don’t receive many English-language novels by Pakistani women authors, so when we do we should pay attention… Thinner Than Skin has elements of quest, thriller, love story and legend, with unconventional characters’ The Star, Toronto
‘The quality of Khan’s prose is deft and inspiring. Her analogies are extended, her descriptions poetic, thick with adjectives and metaphors. But, luckily for the reader, her sentences are not contrived. And all along, she tells the story well. This book is a must-read for all those who need to know more about the eclectic people and the riveting beauty of a land called Pakistan.’ TTS Newsline, Pakistan
‘You don’t just read Thinner than Skin; you enter it, and inhabit it, to comprehend it. You’ll be richer, of course… The brilliant author’s best, thus far.’ First City
VIDEO: Karachi Lit Festival - In Conversation with Uzma Aslam Khan
Uzma Aslam Khan: A cocktail of influences
Uzma Aslam Khan’s peripatetic lifestyle, shuttling between East and West, has influenced more than just her fiction. As Nicola Smyth discovers, she can also mix a nifty drink.
Uzma Aslam Khan is looking a little disoriented. “I don’t know the London literary scene at all,” she begins cautiously, “but the last three days that I’ve been here I’ve been asking around and it just seems like it must be this whirlpool. That once you enter it, you can’t get out and find yourself again.” How does it compare with Lahore? “I don’t have friends in Lahore who are writers,” she insists. “What’s odd is that literary life in Lahore doesn’t stimulate me, and maybe I don’t want it to. I can separate myself from everything in a way that I couldn’t in London, so I feel the writer side of me is very happy there.”
But this isn’t her first trip to these shores…
This interview first appeared in The Independent, 14th June 2003. Click here to read the full interview.
Dawn News | Interview
Uzma Aslam Khan is the author of four novels, Trespassing, The Geometry of God, Nobel Rot and, most recently, Thinner than Skin, longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Trespassing was shortlisted for the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and The Geometry of God was one of the Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009, winning a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2010.
Khan explains that she wrote her first complete story about a princess and her horse when she was six. “I was living in London at the time and a lot of English girls take riding lessons. Because I loved horses, I wanted to as well, but my family couldn’t afford it. So instead I wrote a story.”
Here she talks about her new novel…
This interview is featured on Dawn News. To read more click here to be taken to their website.