Home Fire (Paperback)Kamila Shamsie (author)
A former Women’s Prize for Fiction winner, Shamsie’s haunting reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone is a commanding novel of passionate love, fanatical loyalty and conflicted identity. Interweaving public affairs with those of the heart, Home Fire is a devastating critique of family and identity, and how the two often inform each other in dark and unknowable ways.
Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards Novel Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017
From the Women's Prize-shortlisted and Man Booker-longlisted author comes an urgent, explosive story of love and a family torn apart.
Isma is free.
After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.
Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.
As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation?
Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Her prose is unfailingly elegant, her eye for detail acute' - The Sunday Times
'Retells Antigone against the backdrop of contemporary London, weaving a poignant and timely tale of two British Muslim families with differing ideas about loyalty to the state.' - Observer
'Home Fire is longlisted for the Man Booker prize. It's a worthy contender and one pays it the highest compliment one can pay fiction: it makes you think. Uncomfortably.' - John Sutherland, The Times
'Conflicts of loyalty in two British Muslim families unfold against a backdrop of religious fundamentalism - this is geopolitics made arrestingly personal.' - Daily Telegraph
'Here comes Kamila Shamsie's astonishing Home Fire, speaking ancient and brand-new truth to the world ... A novel so breathtaking in the calm and witty and unshowy and inexorable telling of its story that, as I was reading it, I kept finding myself not sitting on the sofa any more reading the book but somehow standing in the kitchen wondering why on earth I'd gone through to the kitchen, what for? And realising it was that I'd kept having to put the book I was reading down and leave the room, and as soon as I realised where I was and where I wasn't, I was off, back to the grip of the book again ... The result is powerful, and in this making of a new home for the old story of the small girl who takes it upon herself to speak truth to power, she produces what I think you can truly call a contemporary classic.' - Ali Smith
'Elegant and evocative ... A powerful exploration of the clash between society, family and faith in the modern world, tipping its hat to the same dilemma in the ancient one.' - The Guardian
'Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition. Recommended reading for prime ministers and presidents everywhere.' - Peter Carey
'Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century ... There is high, high music in the air at the end of Home Fire.' - The New York Times
'Two families' fates are devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love?' - Irish Times
'Home Fire blazes with the kind of annihilating devastation that transcends grief.' - The Washington Post
'Home Fire is utterly contemporary and deeply original too.' - The Evening Standard
'Home Fire is a literary thriller about prejudice and the slide into radicalisation, but it is also an expansive novel about love ... The ending seems alternately as if it were a made-for-television event that is impossible to draw yourself away from and a morality play that underlines the folly of our political zeitgeist. I read the book twice trying to decide which of the two it was, but mostly because I had fallen under its spell.' - The Financial Times
'A provocative work from a brave author ... which will inspire the admiration of many.' - The Irish Times
'Shamsie handles the story with impressive dexterity, right up to its shocking and strangely beautiful ending. Her prose is propulsive and unfailingly elegant, and her eye for detail is acute... brave and brilliant novel.' - Edmund Gordon, The Sunday Times
'Urgent... Shamsie expertly distils a vast socio-political landscape into human bodies.' - The New Statesman
'Outstanding... Shamsie tackles personal and political questions with a light touch and an acute sense of injustice ... What makes this intense novel so compelling is her lyricism.' - Literary Review
'An intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written novel about family, identity and divided loyalties, it elegantly echoes Sophocles' Antigone.' - Mail on Sunday
'Kamila Shamsie's heartrending seventh novel pits the political against the personal as a family's love and loyalty are tested to the core ... Shamsie brilliantly captures the desperation of the family and their efforts to bring Parvaiz home to London in a devastatingly good novel.' - The Sunday Express
'The ties of familial love are pulled taut in this beautiful book.' - Red
'One of the best novels of the year... magnificent... Home Fire is insistently intelligent without becoming didactic... conveyed in prose of stunning suppleness and economy... Home Fire is everything literary fiction should be - an exciting, beautiful, profound novel of lasting value that deserves laurels. I hope the Booker judges will agree.' - The Spectator
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I must say that this novel is my absolute favourite so far this year. It is an extremely timely explosive love story about the clashing of loyalties towards family and religion.
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I do not believe I will read a better novel than Home Fire this year. Kamila Shamsie has taken the age old story of Antigone and has demonstrated how ageless are its themes. Where myth is so often concerned with... More
“Antigone for the 21st century”
When the Booker longlist was announced, this was one of the books that most interested me, because I really enjoyed Shamsie's previous two novels (A God in Every Stone and Burnt Shadows). I was a little nervous... More
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