Do you know these five underrated Pakistani authors were internationally acclaimed for their work?
Pakistani literary heroes have made the country proud worldwide with their touching stories and creative works. These Pakistani authors have proved that this nation is filled with talented people who have remarkable stories to share with the world. Today, we recognize these authors who were internationally acclaimed for their literary pieces.
Here are 5 Pakistani authors who did Pakistan proud:
1. Mohsin Hamid
Notable works: Four novels – Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Exit West; and a book of essays – Discontent and Its Civilizations
Mohsin Hamid is a Lahore-born British-Pakistani writer. His work has been featured in many different bestseller lists and has been translated into over 35 languages.
2. Bapsi Sidhwa
Notable works: The Pakistani Bride, An American Brat, Cracking India, and The Crow Eaters
Bapsi Sidhwa is a Karachi-born award-winning Pakistani novelist. Growing up with polio didn’t stop this leading writer from authoring four English novels that reflected her personal experience of the subcontinent’s Partition, abuse against women, immigration to the US, and the Parsi community.
3. Daniyal Mueenuddin
Notable works: Short-story collection – In Other Rooms and Other Wonders
Daniyal Mueenuddin was born in Los Angeles. He studied at Dartmouth and Yale Law School and later started writing his short story collection, which has been translated into sixteen languages. This Pakistani writer won The Story Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and received many other honors and critical acclaim for his work.
4. Moni Mohsin
Notable works: The End of Innocence, Duty-Free, and The Diary of a Social Butterfly
Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Lahore. She left Pakistan at the age of 16 to attend boarding school in England and later attended Cambridge University. Years later, Moni Mohsin returned to Pakistan and founded the country’s first nature magazine, and authored many acclaimed novels.
5. Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Notable works: Between Clay and Dust and The Story of a Widow
Musharraf Ali Farooqi was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan. He is an author, storyteller, folklorist, and the founder and editor of the Urdu Thesaurus. Over time, this Pakistani writer has written seven critically acclaimed fiction novels in Urdu and English and translated many Urdu novels and books of poetry like The Adventures of Amir Hamza, Tilism-e Hoshruba, and Numberdar ka Neela.
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