Tra una caffetteria nel Massachusetts e il consolato britannico di Karachi c’è Wembley, con il suo canale sopraelevato e la sua strada principale fitta di negozi. In questo rione multietnico alle porte di Londra, famiglie musulmane giunte qui dai confini dell’impero cercano da decenni un riscatto, ora nell’integrazione, ora nell’ambizione, ora perfino nell’illusione della guerra santa, disegnando percorsi così diversi da sembrare quasi paralleli. Eppure, dove la vita fa da spartiacque, arriva il destino a unire i fili, fino ad annodarli in una sorta di moderna Antigone, contingente e al tempo stesso universale. Lo scontro di civiltà che oggi minaccia le nostre certezze si insinua nella vita dei tre fratelli Pasha, persi tra il passato jihadista impresso nel loro cognome e un futuro tutto da costruire. Ma è l’incontro con Eamonn, il giovane rampollo di una famiglia che ha rinnegato le sue origini musulmane per dare alla nazione un ministro, a trasformare la loro storia in una antica e potente tragedia greca.
Nelle pagine di Kamila Shamsie, dove le piccole decisioni innescano quasi casualmente scelte irreparabili, il vuoto dei padri inghiotte quello dei figli, in un vortice che parte lento e va accelerando fino a implodere davanti agli occhi del mondo. E l’amore – esiliato da cause di forza maggiore e ossessionato dalla ricerca di giustizia – trionfa ma non trova pace.
- ISBN: 8868337444
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 288
Just announced as the winner of Women's Prize for Fiction. So happy the novel finally got the recognition it deserves. 4.5* rounded up. Home Fire is the candidate I support to win the Booker Prize. Well, I only read 4 nominees until now so it is not a definite opinion. However, it is highly unlikely Leggi tutto
Ever since their mother and grandmother died within the period of a year, Isma has cared for her younger twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their well-being has always been her first concern, even if it meant sacrificing her own dreams and ambitions. But now that the twins have turned 18, Isma is fi Leggi tutto
Update ... WINNER for the women’s prize of fiction for 2018!!!!! SHORT LISTED FOR THE WOMAN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION LONG LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WOW!!!!! Personal and political life merges together in the most heartbreaking of ways when a man loves a woman whose family is connected to a Muslim terro Leggi tutto
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There are so many timely subjects right now, world concerns and threats, and authors have responded in kind. This novel features two Muslim families in Britain, two families that have very different opinions on family and how to show or display their Muslim beliefs. It moves the themes in Sophocles, Leggi tutto
im not familiar with the story of antigone , so i cant comment on how this compares as a retelling. but as a story about family, sacrifice, and identity, this is one to undoubtedly make you think. which i have. its actually taken me awhile to think about how i want to rate/review this. immediately upo Leggi tutto
I don't give 1-star reviews very often because I feel like I don't read a lot of books I would label as 'bad.' And this book, even, isn't 'bad' in my eyes. But when I think about things I enjoyed regarding this novel, there's pretty much nothing redeemable for me. The characters were flat, the plot
I went looking for a review copy of this when it was included on the Man Booker Prize Long list, and was approved for one by the publisher through Edelweiss. This is a book that kept morphing as I read it and discussed it, and it ended up in a place far removed from my expectations at the beginning. Leggi tutto
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 when I read that this is a modern retelling of Antigone, because my knowledge of the clas Leggi tutto
This is a powerful and gut-wrenching book loosely based on Greek mythology's story of Antigone, a woman defying a king to secure her brother an honorable burial. I knew this going in, so I did some research on Antigone so I could appreciate the parallels as they unfolded. "Home Fire" is told through Leggi tutto
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