The Empty Room

Sadia Abbas

The Empty Room

Sadia Abbas

Distributed for Zubaan Books

320 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9789385932267 Will Publish December 2017 World sales rights except India
In 1960s Karachi, a place of ever increasing violence and political and social uncertainty, a beautiful and talented artist, Tahira, tries to hold her life together as it shatters around her. Her marriage is quickly revealed to be a sham, a trap from which there is no escape. In a world of stifling conformity, Tahira must fight for her very identity: as a woman, and as a painter.
Tragedy strikes when her family and friends are caught up in the brutally repressive regime. Faced with horror and loss, she embarks upon a series of paintings entitled ‘The Empty Room’, filling the blank canvases with vivid colour and light.

‚ÄčLyric, poetic, and powerful, The Empty Room is an important addition to contemporary Pakistani literature and is a moving account of the dilemma faced by all women who must find their own creative path against the odds. 
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