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Reading by Omar Shahid Hamid on 25.10.2016
| ||On Tuesday, 25
October 2016, 8 pm, Pakistani author Omar Shahid Hamid will present his crime novel
"The Prisoner" in a talk with Martin Gieselmann, Executive Secretary
of the South Asia Institute, at the Deutsch-Amerikanischen Institut Heidelberg
His thriller taking place in Karachi which is now available in German entitled
"Der Gefangene" was an international success. His novel provides an
insight to the Pakistani society. Hamid tells the story of the abduction of an
American journalist in Karachi and reveals the complex political entanglements in
a country crushed by fundamentalism and corruption.
On an unusually cold December evening in Karachi,
American journalist Jon Friedland is kidnapped from one of the city's poshest
neighbourhoods. His captors plan to post a video of his execution on Christmas
Day. The kidnapping has come at a bad time, embarrassing the Pakistani
government in front of their US allies. The clock is ticking. Will the police
and Intelligence Agencies recover Friedman alive?
The story careens through the streets of Karachi, taking the reader into an all
too real world of jihadis, corrupt police officers, and bloodthirsty political
henchmen - all placed together in a city where no one is quite what they seem.
17 Oct 2016