Set in present day New York and Karachi, Matter of Detail is a family saga, a satire on being stateless. Haji Rueewallah is a businessman in Karachi with two wives; Hajrabai is from the Bnai Israel community and Zareenabai is his first cousin and second wife. Then there are others: Hajras brother Meir and his son Emir, Rehana, a young architect, a business tycoon and Zain, an investment banker, Zains friend Alejendro, an office receptionist, and Noor Afshan, a call girl. Matter of Detail is a story of the love and understanding between Haji Rueewallah, his wives and their five children, and those who touch their lives. The shared bond of familial love gives them the strength to accept each others differences and hypocrisies with humour, to thrive in the face of circumstances they cannot control and to tackle those they can. This love is a potent antidote for fear. Through drama, A Matter of Detail makes a social and political commentary in this warm, nostalgic and humorous story that covers a wide canvas: emotional, political as well as geographical. Light-hearted, frivolous, optimistic and joyful, we can identify with Haji Rueewallah and the eccentric and sympathetic personalities who inhabit his world. The diversity of the characters give Matter of Detail its strength in this story of intrigue, misunderstanding and reconciliation.
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Book Description SAMA Editorial and Publishing Services, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Set in present day Karachi and New York, A Matter of Detail celebrates tolerance and love as potent antidotes for fear and silence. It is also a satire about the state of the state of the stateless. The story revolves around the family of Haji Rueewallah, a businessman in Karachi, his two wives, and their five children. It is the story of how the love shared by a family gives them the humor and strength to accept each otherís differences and hypocrisies and to thrive despite the circumstances which are within and outside their control. A Matter of Detail is a warm, sweet, nostalgic and often humorous drama that traverses a wide swath of geography including the emotional, political. A Matter of Detail is the recipient of the prestigious Pitras Bokhari Award 2008 for the best book in English by a Pakistani writer. Maniza Naqvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan. Her other novels include Mass Transit (OUP, 1998), On Air (OUP, 2000) and Stay With Me (SAMA, 2004). Reviews A Matter of Detail is an astonishing text. This richly intertwined narrative recounts a tragically imbued story of a dynasty in Pakistan. Its location is hardly Karachi alone, for the novel is deeply embedded in the convoluted heritage of a multicultural ethos that spans at least Shia, Sunni, Jewish trajectories, as well as the most secular and militaristic of conflicted capitalisms that plague a benighted contemporary Pakistan Sara Suleri Goodyear A very important work that gives us hope and strength to face our turbulent present by recognizing our past A timely novel, full of exquisite details. I love the multicultural past of Karachi that is so vibrant and alive, like a film, in Manizaís writing. Sabiha Sumar The story is beautiful! It breaks your heart to read about the world A Matter of Detail recalls. Set between the past and present this is not only a story of extraordinarily nuanced characters and their lives but it is also a history of Karachi, and a remembrance of a way of life and living that seems, sadly, to be lost forever Ms Naqviís story stays with you long, long after youíve read the last line. Sabrina Dhawan. Bookseller Inventory # 209
Book Description Sama Editorial and Publishing Services, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M9698784594