Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Contested City (Paperback)
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Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Contested City (Paperback)

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Published: 03/02/2022
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Pakistan's largest city is a sprawling metropolis of 20 million people. A place of political turbulence, where lavish wealth and absolute poverty sit side by side, and where the lines between idealism and corruption can quickly blur.

Through the stories of those who know the city best - including a journalist, an activist, and an ambulance driver - Samira Shackle paints a vivid, vibrant and often violent portrait of Karachi over the past decade: a period during which the Taliban arrived in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils of its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight. Nuanced and fast-paced, Karachi Vice is an immersive, electrifying journey around one of the most compelling cities in the world.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783785407
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 194 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


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Any of the finely drawn characters in Karachi Vice could be the subject of an entire book - placed beside each other they form a tapestry that reveals a violent, vibrant, remarkable, battered city. I was completely gripped by it - Kamila Shamsie

Shackle expertly and empathetically leads the reader in ... the book reveals a city, a people - and through them a country - with tremendous poise and the skills of a fastidious reporter - Daily Telegraph

A blistering tour of Karachi's mean streets, seen through the eyes of the people who know it best. Heart-breaking and compelling in equal measure. To understand the forces shaping the mega-cities of the global south, join Shackle's characters and get under the skin of Pakistan's largest - Ben Rawlence

Remarkable... compelling... This is a sensitive and elegantly constructed book, which offers a moving snapshot of a restless city and its resilient citizens - Prospect

A moving account of the struggles of everday heroes - and of the unhappy metropolis that needs them - Economist

A brilliant portrait of a complex place... in some senses, the book is like a novel: each character is so beautifully drawn that we are in their heads with ease... alongside the brutality is the resilience, vitality and moral backbone of Shackle's five subjects: despite being battered day after day, they hold on to their values, and their character, and in doing so, they give us hope - Razia Iqbal, Mail on Sunday

Gripping... Karachi Vice meticulously constructs a vibrant mosaic of a city's underbelly, while disentangling the ways in which Karachi is enmeshed with crime lords, gangs, political interests and militants. Samira Shackle's prose is nimble and propulsive, as she expertly combines interview, anecdote and reportage with in-depth socio-political analysis - TLS

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“This is a book that should be read and it was an eye-opening read from start to finish.”

This was a fascinating and thought-provoking exploration of Karachi. I felt that the author did an excellent job of diving into the myriad issues affecting the city and its population, and really bringing them home by... More

Hardback edition
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Sarah Faichney

“Beautifully nuanced portrait of Karachi”

"Karachi Vice'' is a deeply engaging work of narrative non-fiction. The extent of Samira Shackle's research, visits and interviews is clear throughout. These aren't characters in a story.... More

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“eye opening”

Karachi is an underreported city in the West. I have to confess I had no idea it was a big as it is - 20 million people! This book takes a look at several intertwined lives there, from . It focuses on the poorer and... More

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