Folio Books

Rethinking Pakistan

 995

A 21st Century Perspective

 

by Bilal Zahoor and Raza Rumi

Rs. 995

 

DESCRIPTION

 

This book brings together the leading contemporary currents of thought from a galaxy of established scholars and intellectuals of Pakistan. It is a monumental contribution to the national debate on a series of crises and lingering issues that need attention of the stakeholders all around.

The book covers three major areas of investigation into public life in the country. One, it delves into the historical, sociological and cultural causes of various political conflicts, ranging from the negative role of the educational curricula for national harmony to cultural violence and persistent militarism to the curse of enforced disappearances. There are highly analytical contributions that define the conflict-resolution nexus. Two, the book is a source of inspiration on the liberal agenda of creating a scientific frame of mind, setting the feminist debate in a global context, challenging the shrinking space for media and focusing on the largely forgotten area of industrial relations. Readers will find ample issue orientation in the analysis and policy orientation in the deliberations. Three, the book enters a domain of hope, planning for a bright future and focusing on some longer-term issues couched in comprehensive new approaches to development, environment, energy, foreign policy and feminism.

The scope of the book is amazingly wide, the analysis is rich with conceptual references and empirical finding, and the scholarly idiom is comprehensible for both the articulate section of the population and the scholarly community.

 

REVIEWS

 

“Rethinking Pakistan brings together some of the best minds of the country and invites them to reflect upon the most pressing issues that it is facing in all spheres – including politics, external relations, environment, human rights, gender relations, religious fundamentalism, education, freedom of expression … It is a most valuable collection that is highly accessible to everyone.”

– Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor, Sciences Po; Author, The Pakistan Paradox

 

“This book brings together the leading contemporary currents of thought from a galaxy of established scholars and intellectuals of Pakistan. It is a monumental contribution to the national debate on a series of crises and lingering issues that need attention of the stakeholders all around. The book covers three major areas of investigation into public life of the country. One, it delves into the historical, sociological and cultural causes of various political conflicts, ranging from the negative role of the educational curricula for national harmony to cultural violence and persistent militarism to the curse of enforced disappearances. There are highly analytical contributions that define the conflict-resolution nexus. Two, the book is a source of inspiration on the liberal agenda of creating a scientific frame of mind, setting the feminist debate in a global context, challenging the shrinking space for media and focusing on the largely forgotten area of industrial relations. One finds ample issue-orientation in the analysis and policy-orientation in the deliberations. Three, we enter a domain of hope, planning for a bright future and focusing on some longer-term issues couched in comprehensive new approaches to development, environment, energy, foreign policy and feminism. The scope of the book is amazingly wide, the analysis is rich with conceptual references and empirical findings, and the scholarly idiom is comprehensible for both the articulate section of the population and the scholarly community per se.”

– Mohammad Waseem, Professor, LUMS; Author, Politics and the State in Pakistan

 

“Each of the essays depicts Pakistan’s current social, political and economic challenges with analysis that makes this publication one of the few credible works on Pakistan available in recent times. The contributors are some of the most respected experts in the field on which they have expounded their thoughts, laying bare the malaise that have stunted social progress, democratic development and economic stability in the country. The essays also show a way forward making this a must-read for all generations of Pakistanis who wish to understand and contribute to the elimination of existing threats to peace, security and respect for human rights.”

– Hina Jilani, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan; Co-founder, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

 

“Rethinking Pakistan is a wide-ranging analytical dissection of the Pakistani polity and offers a well-meaning, progressive prescription for present-day Pakistan, stitched together by an eclectic list of experts spanning diverse backgrounds and subjects. From energy self-sufficiency and scientific development to freedom of the press and the essential question of the dominance of the military over civilian affairs, this compendium offers a suitable guide for anyone who seeks to understand the striking mix of contemporary and historic challenges faced by Pakistan in the twenty-first century. A must-read on Pakistan’s contemporary realities and future prospects.”

– Shashi Tharoor, Ex-Foreign Minister, India; Author, An Era of Darkness

 

“The book sets up an unfamiliar but authentic diagnostic mosaic of Pakistan that the state prefers ignoring. It collects and presents the genius that Pakistan sets aside, stretched out on its ideological bed of repeated blunders. What emerges is an intensely original view from the marginalised intellect the world recognises as Pakistan’s survival kit.”

– Khaled Ahmed,  Consulting Editor, Newsweek Pakistan; Author, Pakistan: The State in Crisis

 

 

ISBN: 978-9697-8342-4-2
Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: February 2019
Rights: Pakistan
Pages: 266
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Womansplaining

 995

Navigating activism, politics and modernity in Pakistan

 

Edited by Sherry Rehman

Rs.995

 

DECRIPTION

As we enter a new century, with its promise of change, women in Pakistan often emerge as its best face forward. At the same time, a persistent and growing trendline of disadvantage and discrimination throws up a harsh counterfactual to the motivating success stories. Knitting these skeins together is the complex, long, often untold tale of women who think, speak, act and give up a part of their comfort zone to push the rights agenda, to take on the architecture of patriarchy and extremism or to call out resurgent misogynies. This is a book about these women, by these women, for the women who struggle to find a voice.

 

This anthology of essays attempts to do two things. It seeks first to provide testament and context to women’s activism through the lived experience and voices of pioneers who not just headlined the rights struggle in Pakistan, but also gave it intellectual meaning and moral quest. In this endeavour, this book looks to capture a repository of important voices in order to create a slice of memory. The second idea motivating this collection is to probe the connection between the fairly coherent movement of the 1980s to the post-millennial activism that is challenging norms and pushing the boundaries of patriarchy today. Without forcing a grand narrative on the essays, a selection of younger writers uses this space to grapple with persistent barriers reified by the state, while speaking to new problems that tag on to new opportunities. These young women seek to add their voices to the changing face of women’s activism in contemporary Pakistan, while building a new vocabulary to address emerging challenges.

 

REVIEWS

“This book is a must-read. It shines a light on the potential of Pakistani women. I am awed and inspired by the sheer range of innovative thought and by the commitment to activism demonstrated by this anthology.”
-Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate

 

“Combining powerful voices from the multiple arenas, histories and strategies of the women’s struggle in Pakistan, Sherry Rehman has curated an original and enabling resource for everyone working for women’s rights and dignity across the Global South.”
-Ahdaf Soueif, Author, Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

 

“Like a loudspeaker, this book has amplified the voices of all kinds of women, involved in all kinds of struggles. This book is saying loudly and clearly that Pakistani women, be they rural or urban, economically poor or rich, will not stop thinking, speaking and challenging injustice.”
-Kamla Bhasin, Feminist, Poet and Author, Exploring Masculinity

 

“Wide-ranging and illuminating, this collection is a necessary read for anyone who wants to understand Pakistan and/or the tug of war between patriarchal oppression and feminist resistance.”
-Kamila Shamsie, Author, Home Fire

 

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-27-3
Edition:
1st
Publisher:
Folio Books
Weight in kg: 0.5
Release date:
March 28, 2021
Rights: World
Binding: Hardback
Pages:
280

My Life and Struggle

 1,495

 

by Bacha Khan
Translated from the original Pukhto by Imtiaz Ahmad Sahibzada

Rs.1495

 

DECRIPTION

Affectionately known as ‘Bacha’ Khan or ‘King’ Khan amongst his people, Ghaffar Khan’s life was dedicated to the social reform of the Pukhtuns, who traditionally adhere to a strict code of life, ‘Pukhtunwali’, governed by rather rigid tribal norms. His life-long struggle to modernise Pukhtun society and his decades-long non-violent defiance, adopted by his Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) party during the struggle for independence against the British, have earned him a stature that few other anti-colonial leaders in the Sub-continent can match. Few are aware that the Khudai Khidmatgar lost the greatest number of workers compared to any other party that was part of the anti-colonial movement.

An increasing consciousness amongst the Pukhtuns against oppression and war, in Pakistan and Afghanistan, has led to a resurgence of the teachings of Bacha Khan. His powerful political weapon of non-violence, his emphasis on including women in all walks of life, his belief in religious tolerance and his legacy of speaking truth to power, are, today, values that bear increasing relevance to the people of a much-troubled region.

 

REVIEWS

 

“Bacha Khan’s message of the power of peaceful protest for liberty, equality and justice changed our culture and customs forever and inspires me every day in my activism for girls’ education and women’s empowerment.”
-Malala Yousafzai, Youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate

 

“As a student activist, what struck me the most about working with Bacha Khan was the strength of his compassion and his disarming humility. He would insist on walking long distances even in old age to reach the marginalised to help them or to at least express solidarity with them. The publication of English translation of his Pakhto autobiography is coming out at a time when younger generations are rediscovering Bacha Khan’s life and struggle.”
-Afrasiab Khattak, Former Provincial President of Awami National Party, former senator, writer and analyst of regional affairs.

 

“This compelling story is more relevant now than ever. Bacha Khan’s tireless struggle against oppression and division was non-violent and uncompromising, principled and creative. Readers will be enthralled and inspired.”
-Mukulika Banerjee, Author of The Pathan Unarmed, 2001.

 

“The life story of a man of peace and non-violence, born amidst mayhem and conflict across the Sub-continent, still carries a powerful message in the turbulent times we live in. The autobiography of Bacha Khan in English, for the first time in a lucid translation from the original Pakhto by Imtiaz Ahmad Sahizada, is a landmark publication. The history of modern South Asia has been incomplete without a better understanding of how and why the fierce Pashtun tribes embraced the Gandhian ideology of non-violent defiance. My Life and Struggle introduces a new and younger generation to the tribulations of the Pashtuns.”
-Ahmed Rashid, Author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2012.

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-05-1
Edition:
1st
Publisher:
Folio Books
Weight in kg: 0.900
Publishing date:
February 06, 2021
Rights: Pakistan and Afghanistan
Binding: Hardback
Pages:
584

Revolutionary Pasts

 995

Communist Internationalism in Colonial India

 

by Ali Raza
Rs.995

 

DESCRIPTION

 

In this engaging and innovative history of the communist movement in colonial India, Ali Raza reveals the lives, geographies and anti-colonial struggles of Indian revolutionaries and how they sought to remake the world. Driven by the utopian visions of Communist Internationalism, Indian revolutionaries yearned and struggled for a global upheaval that would overthrow European imperialisms and radically transform India and the world. In an age marked by political upheavals, intellectual ferment, collapsing empires and global conflicts, Indian revolutionaries stood alongside countless others in the colonised world and beyond in their desire to usher in a future liberated from colonialism and capitalism. Drawing from a wealth of archival materials, Raza demonstrates how Communist Internationalism was a crucial project in the struggle for national liberation and inaugurates a new approach to the global history of communism and decolonisation.

 

REVIEWS

 

“Written with great flair, and refreshingly nonpartisan, Revolutionary Pasts will shift the paradigms of studying the Left in South Asia. Ali Raza embraces and acknowledges the complexity and dissonance he encounters in his archive, unpacking its agendas and offering them up to the reader with astute analysis, restoring race to histories of leftist activism.”

-Kama Maclean – University of New South Wales, Sydney

 

“Ali Raza captures the utopian imaginaries and the global itineraries that shaped Indian Communism, and brought Marx to the subcontinent in this beautifully written, meticulously researched book. His is a signal contribution to global intellectual history and to studies of Left thought and praxis.”

-Anupama Rao – Columbia University, New York

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-20-4
Edition:
1st
Publisher:
Folio Books
Publishing date:
January 22, 2021
Rights: South Asia excluding India
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
340

Missed Translations

 795

Meeting the South Asian Parents
Who Raised Me

 

by Sopan Deb

Rs.795

 

DECRIPTION

A bittersweet and humorous memoir of family—of the silence and ignorance that separate us, and the blood and stories that connect us—from an award-winning New York Times writer and comedian.


Approaching his 30th birthday, Sopan Deb had found comfort in his day job as a writer for the New York Times and a practicing comedian. But his stage material highlighting his South Asian culture only served to mask the insecurities borne from his family history. Sure, Deb knew the facts: his parents, both Indian, separately immigrated to North America in the 1960s and 1970s. They were brought together in a volatile and ultimately doomed arranged marriage and raised a family in suburban New Jersey before his father returned to India alone.

But Deb had never learned who his parents were as individuals—their ages, how many siblings they had, what they were like as children, what their favorite movies were. Theirs was an ostensibly nuclear family without any of the familial bonds. Coming of age in a mostly white suburban town, Deb’s alienation led him to seek separation from his family and his culture, longing for the tight-knit home environment of his white friends. His desire wasn’t rooted in racism or oppression; it was born of envy and desire—for white moms who made after-school snacks and asked his friends about the girls they liked and the teachers they didn’t. Deb yearned for the same.

Deb’s experiences as one of the few minorities covering the Trump campaign, and subsequently as a stand up comedian, propelled him on a dramatic journey to India to see his father—the first step in a life altering journey to bridge the emotional distance separating him from those whose DNA he shared. Deb had to learn to connect with this man he recognized yet did not know—and eventually breach the silence separating him from his mother. As it beautifully and poignantly chronicles Deb’s odyssey, Missed Translations raises questions essential to us all: Is it ever too late to pick up the pieces and offer forgiveness? How do we build bridges where there was nothing before—and what happens to us, to our past and our future, if we don’t?

 

REVIEWS

 

“A delightful memoir of people and place that will draw in Deb’s fans and attract plenty of new ones.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

 

“I was moved by the ways in which Sopan Deb taps into both the darkness and light that permeate a story about love, family, and understanding. He’s a masterful storyteller, and I’m thankful for his bravery and willingness to share the kind of human story that we too often prefer to keep to ourselves.”
-Kal Penn, comedian and actor

 

“Both moving and hilarious, Missed Translations is not just about exploring culture, family, and love, but about understanding where one comes from in the deepest possible way. It’s a wonderful journey.”
-Jake Tapper, CNN host and author of The Hellfire Club“

 

“Sopan Deb hilariously and truthfully lets us in on the ups, downs, lefts, and rights of trying to understand – as a standup comedian and a journalist – the two grown-up strangers who raised him. It’s a crazy story, but you know. Good crazy. Funny crazy. Read-this-book crazy.”
-Pete Holmes, comedian, podcast host, and author of Comedy Sex God

 

“As a man who has both been a performer and covered performance, Sopan Deb now paints his most important picture yet, the self-portrait.”
-Roy Wood Jr., comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

 

“A sympathetic portrait of South Asians who are neither crazy and rich nor humorless nerds…Memoirs by children of immigrants often fault clueless parents; this one is refreshing for Deb’s realization that—whatever his elders’ missteps—he needed “to take some responsibility for my part in our family’s disconnect” for things to change.”
-Kirkus Reviews

 

“While his topic is serious, Deb’s writing is breezy and witty, and his earnestness will sweep readers up into this charmer of a memoir.”
-Booklist

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-19-8
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing Date: December 31, 2020
Rights: Pakistan
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272

Pakistan’s Political Parties

 1,495

Surviving between Dictatorship and Democracy

 

Edited by Mariam Mufti, Sahar Shafqat, and Niloufer Siddiqui

Rs. 1495

 

DESCRIPTION

Pakistan’s 2018 general elections marked the second successful transfer of power from one elected civilian government to another—a remarkable achievement considering the country’s history of dictatorial rule. Pakistan’s Political Parties examines how the civilian side of the state’s current regime has survived the transition to democracy, providing critical insight into the evolution of political parties in Pakistan and their role in developing democracies in general.Pakistan’s numerous political parties span the ideological spectrum, as well as represent diverse regional, ethnic, and religious constituencies. The essays in this volume explore the way in which these parties both contend and work with Pakistan’s military-bureaucratic establishment to assert and expand their power. Researchers use interviews, surveys, data, and ethnography to illuminate the internal dynamics and motivations of these groups and the mechanisms through which they create policy and influence state and society.

 

Pakistan’s Political Parties is a one-of-a-kind resource for diplomats, policymakers, journalists, and scholars searching for a comprehensive overview of Pakistan’s party system and its unlikely survival against an interventionist military, with insights that extend far beyond the region.

 

REVIEWS

“This is truly an important contribution to the literature on political parties and electoral considerations in Pakistan. There is nothing like it that currently exists.”

Charles H. Kennedy, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director, Middle East and South Asia Program, Wake Forest University

 

“This is a long overdue, but essential, contribution to our understanding of Pakistan. With an impressive author list, this will become the go-to book on understanding political parties in Pakistan’s hybrid regime.”

Katharine Adeney, Director of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute

 

“Pakistan’s Political Parties is a timely and vital contribution to the social science literature on political parties in south Asia . . . . It presents an exceptionally lucid and well-crafted analysis of major political parties in Pakistan, their role and functions in a nascent democracy, and the relationship of political parties to other institutions.”

Kavita Khory, Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College

 

“This wonderful book is absolutely indispensable for understanding Pakistan’s democracy, and all of the main actors and interests involved. The various authors manage very effectively to combine deep knowledge of Pakistan’s political parties, social groups, and interests, with the comparative breadth to put everything into broader theoretical perspective.”

Steven Wilkinson, Henry R. Luce Director, The Whitney & Betty MacMillan Center for International & Area Studies; Nilekani Professor of India & South Asian Studies; and professor of political science & international affairs, Yale University

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-21-1
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: December 25, 2020
Rights: Pakistan
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 370
Availability: In Stock

The Body Torn

 695

And Other Poems

 

by Fahmida Mirza
Translated by Tahira Naqvi

Rs. 695

 

REVIEWS

‘This translation of Fahmida Riaz’s poetry collection not only preserves the iconoclastic sensuousness of Fahmida’s Urdu original but adds to its evocative power through English diction and figures of speech. Fahmida Riaz’s voice had the distinction of breaking new paths, daring to deviate from fixed civilizational tangents in daring to talk about the female body and libido around which there were, and still are, strong taboos. This translation has been undertaken in the same spirit of daring in defiance of the forces of reaction which prevent the female voice from being heard.”

– Tariq Rahman, Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University; Author of A History of Pakistani Literature in English 1947-1988

 

‘Tahira Naqvi has done a great service to the cause of transnational Marxist feminism in presenting to readers the iconic feminist poetry of Riaz, which evolves over her life and career, from solitary musings of “empowered” selfhood to a more communitarian understanding and embrace of solidarity across gender, class, nation in the pursuit of justice.”
– Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar, Montclair State University; Author of Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan through its Women Singers

 

“An amazing sangam (confluence) of two creative feminists.”

– Kamla Bhasin, poet, author and feminist activist; Author of Understanding Gender

 

“Although every language has its own canvas that reflects the beauty of its words and culture, Tahira Naqvi’s English translations of the Urdu poetry of Fahmida Riaz fit well into that canvas, the words are like a stream flowing from the hills.”
– Kishwar Naheed, poet; Author of Buri Aurat ki Kathaa

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-14-3
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: October 05, 2020
Rights: World
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Availability: In Stock

Seventy Four

 395

A Novel

by Faraz Talat
Rs. 395

 

DESCRIPTION

A diabetic microbiologist turns 73 in a world that rejects the elderly, denying them healthcare in accordance with the draconian ‘Second Chance’ laws set in place after the Great Pandemic. When an opportunity arises to challenge this rule, her brother does whatever he must to make sure she lives to see her next birthday.

 

REVIEWS:

“A post pandemic story written way before the pandemic. A haunting little book about second chances, last days and human relations that survive the unsurvivable.”

Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes

 

“Any culture’s science fiction is its dream of what its future could be. Now we live in a global culture, and Faraz Talat’s Seventy Four shoots right to the heart of all our current fears and hopes. It’s an intense experience, poignant and memorable.”

Kim Stan Robinson, author of Blue Mars

 

“Scientists become saviors in times of plague, but their attempts to exert control over pathogens and politics go awry in Faraz Talat’s science fiction novella Seventy Four. Razia Ntikoladze, eminent scientist and Pakistani emigree, is locked in a race against a deadly new contagion and her own mortality; before she can save the world, she has to escape the colloquium’s merciless eugenics project. A daringly brilliant literary experiment which pits humanity against its own worst enemy—itself.”

Bina Shah, author of Before She Sleeps

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-16-7
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: September 25, 2020
Rights: World
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 70
Availability: In Stock
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A Promethean Vision

 995  695

The Formation of Karl Marx’s Worldview

 

by Eric Rahim

Rs. 995    Rs. 695

 

DESCRIPTION

A Promethean Vision outlines the main intellectual stages in the development of Karl Marx’s theory of historical development, often referred to as historical materialism or the materialist conception of history. The book charts Marx’s journey from his early life as a Young Hegelian immersed in German philosophical tradition through his turn toward political economy. In Eric Rahim’s interpretation his worldview developed as a synthesis of his philosophical thinking (critique of Hegel and Feuerbach) with classical political economy of Adam Smith. The central point is that Marx’s worldview should be seen as a method for analysing historical development and not as a ‘historical-philosophical theory’ with a deterministic approach to the understanding of historical development.

 

REVIEWS

“As an account of how Marx came to develop his materialist conception of history I cannot think of a better one [book].”

– Professor David McLellan, Goldsmith’s College, University of London; Author of Karl Marx: His Life and Thought

 

‘This is a remarkably clear exposition of Marx’s vision of human development. Eric Rahim demonstrates that Marx’s materialist understanding of human development bears no relation to the crude deterministic caricatures offered by some of his critics. For Marx, Rahim argues, what each generation inherits from its predecessor contains the potential for further development. Realisation of this potential requires that human beings understand both the possibilities and constraints of their particular conjuncture and act on them. This is not straightforward. Advance is possible but it is not automatic or pre-determined.”
–Dr. Renee Prendergast, Queen’s University of Belfast; Co-editor of Contributions to the History of Economic Thought

 

“It is no accident that after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Marx’s Capital and Keynes’s General Theory returned to the bestseller list. Eric Rahim’s new volume, A Promethean Vision: The Formation of Marx’s Worldview, is an indispensable complement to a reading or re-reading of Capital. Rahim’s volume is an exemplary work of analysis and scholarship. It tells the reader where and what Marx was doing up to the writing of Capital. It sets out the historical and political environment in which Marx found himself and explains most clearly what his ideas were at each moment of time and how they evolved. The narrative is backed by detailed evidence and accounts of the interactions of Marx with his contemporaries and of their inter-related influence on one another. A striking feature of the volume is Rahim’s great ability to set out the essence of Marx’s ideas and breakthroughs.”
–Professor GC Harcourt, University of New South Wales; Author of Some Cambridge Controversies in the Theory of Capital

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-12-9
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: September 05, 2020
Rights: World excluding United Kingdom
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Availability: In Stock
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Pandemic

 795  399

Covid-19 Shakes the World

 

by Slavoj Zizek

Rs. 795     Rs. 399

 

DESCRIPTION

As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes, and speculate on the profundity of its consequences, all in a manner that will have you sweating profusely and gasping for breath?

 

We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.

 

Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H.G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx in these pages), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

 

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the Left and the Right.

 

REVIEWS

“An impressive feat… [Žižek] at his most powerful.” —The Guardian

 

“Passages of beauty… a hire-wire juxtaposition of far-left political theory and pop culture, held together by the force of [Žižek’s] rumpled charm.” —BuzzFeed

 

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” —The New Yorker

 

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” —Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-13-6
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: August 10, 2020
Rights: Pakistan
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 116
Availability: In Stock

تاریک ایام

 495

by Toni Usman

Rs. 799     Rs. 599

 

تفصیل

تاریک ایام ریاستی جبر سے تنگ آکر تارکینِ وطن ہونے والے باپ اور بیٹی کے درمیان نفسیاتی کشمکش کا ایک مکالمہ ہے۔ یہ کہانی ریاستی جبر، متعصب امیگریشن قوانین اور غیر انسانی سمگلنگ جیسے مکروہ جرائم کا خلاصہ پیش کرتی ہے۔ ہینی مانکل کے لکھے گئے اس اسٹیج پلے کو پہلی دفعہ کتاب کی صورت شائع کیا جارہا ہے۔ اس پلے کا اردو ترجمہ پاکستانی نژاد نارویجن آرٹسٹ ٹونی عثمان نے مرتب کیا ہے۔

 

ہینی مانکل سویڈن کے دارلحکومت اَسٹاک ہولم میں 1948ء میں پیدا ہوئے۔ 1966ء میں وہ تعلیم کے لئے پیرس چلے گئے جہاں انکی آشنائی ترقی پسند رحجانات سے ہوئی۔ 1972ء سے لے کر 1981ء تک وہ ناروے میں مقیم رہے اور تھیٹر کے لئے کام کرتے رہے۔ مانکل کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ دنیا میں استحصال اور لوٹ مار کے خلاف مذاحمت میں اپنا حصہ ڈالنے کے لئے لکھتے ہیں۔

 

مترجم ٹونی عثمان تقریبا تین دھائیوں سے ناروے میں ٹیلی ویژن، تھیٹر اور ریڈیو سے منسلک ہیں۔ ٹونی عثمان پروڈکشنز کے نام سے انکی ایک رجسٹرڈ تھیٹر کمپنی ہے جس کے وہ آرٹسٹک ڈائریکٹر ہیں۔ اسی کمپنی کے بینر تلے ہی تاریک ایام کو 2018ء میں اوسلو میں اسٹیج پر پیش کیا گیا تھا۔

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-07-5
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing date: June 25, 2020
Rights: Pakistan
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 84

Availability: In Stock

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Feminism for the 99%

 799  299

A Manifesto

by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser
Rs. 799     Rs. 299

DESCRIPTION

Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, inadequate healthcare, border policing, climate change—these are not what you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But aren’t they the biggest issues for the vast majority of women around the globe?

Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fght for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.

 

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-10-5
Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Classics
Binding: Hardback (Cloth Cover)
Publishing date: March 08, 2020
Rights: Pakistan
Pages: 96
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Wild Boar In The Cane Field

 995  645

A Novel

by Anniqua Rana

Rs. 995     Rs. 645

 

DESCRIPTION

In a world of magic realism, a fly-covered baby girl is found and raised by two mothers in a village rife with rituals and superstition. She pursues acceptance at all costs, while the villagers seek sanctity at a shrine dedicated to the Keeper of the Flies, which is separated from the village by a threatening cane field.

 

REVIEWS

“Rana gives us a compelling and rare glimpse into the life of rural Pakistan in her novel Wild Boar in the Cane Field.” ―BAPSI SIDHWA, author of The Crow Eaters and City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore

 

“Here we are gifted a world that is vibrant and richly imagined. The narrative voice is tender and patient in its portrayal of how tradition touches modernity, how the ancients sway the imaginations of the young.” — SHANTI SEKARAN, author of The Prayer Room and Lucky Boy

 

“An astonishing novel that transports the reader to rural Pakistan. The author paints a vivid picture that shocks and enthralls. Rural Pakistan is seldom written about—and even when it is, the overall effect isn’t convincing. With a host of unforgettable characters and a gripping plot, Wild Boar in the Cane Field towers over other contemporary literature. This is a debut you will fall in love with.”— AWAIS KHAN, author of In the Company of Strangers

 

“Immersive and intense, Wild Boar in the Cane Field, a novel by Anniqua Rana, explores the resilience of one woman’s spirit in the face of adversity.”― NRI Pulse

 

“Rana’s words echo long after the book is over as one mourns over the losses faced by her characters in the course of the narrative. The emotions are intense and extremely powerful. One can find oneself cheering for Saffiya and Bhaggan as they battle their way through a painful existence, riddled with blind beliefs and superstition… This book is a treat to devour from start to finish. Everything about it is vivid.”― KITAAB.ORG

 

“Rana is a vivid writer with a talent for evocative metaphors . ”— Kirkus Reviews

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-09-9
Publisher: Folio Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: December 2019
Rights: South Asia
Pages: 238
Availability: In Stock
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Faith and Feminism in Pakistan

 1,195  1,015

Religous Agency or Secular Autonomy?

 

by Afiya S. Zia
Rs. 1195     Rs.1015

 

DESCRIPTION

Are secular aims, politics, and sensibilities impossible, undesirable and impracticable for Muslims and Islamic states? Should Muslim women be exempted from feminist attempts at liberation from patriarchy and its various expressions under Islamic laws and customs? Considerable literature on the entanglements of Islam and secularism has been produced in the post-9/11 decade and a large proportion of it deals with the “Woman Question”. Many commentators critique “the secular” and “Western feminism,” and the racialising backlash that accompanied the occupation of Muslim countries during the “War on Terror” military campaign launched by the U.S. government after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Implicit in many of these critical works is the suggestion that it is Western secular feminism that is the motivating driver and permanent collaborator – along with other feminists, secularists and human rights activists in Muslim countries – that sustains the West’s actual and metaphorical “war on Islam and Muslims.” Faith and Feminism addresses this post-9/11 critical trope and its implications for women’s movements in Muslim contexts. The relevance of secular feminist activism is illustrated with reference to some of the nation-wide, working-class women’s movements that have surged throughout Pakistan under religious militancy: polio vaccinators, health workers, politicians, peasants and artists have been directly targeted, even assassinated, for their service and commitment to liberal ideals. Afiya Zia contends that Muslim women’s piety is no threat against the dominant political patriarchy, but their secular autonomy promises transformative changes for the population at large, and thereby effectively challenges Muslim male dominance.

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-969-7834-00-6
Publishing date: May 2018
Rights: South Asia
Pages: 249
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Strongmen

 595  297

Trump, Modi, Erdogan, Duterte

Edited by Vijay Prashad
Rs. 595     Rs. 297

DESCRIPTION

The monsters have returned. They are led by strong men – by Trump, by Modi, by Erdoğan, by Duterte and by others. But these are not really strong men. These are men who pretend to be strong, who hide behind ugly rhetoric that befuddles the masses, but who are nothing other than cowardly when it comes to social reality. Rather than confront the difficult problems that face us – problems of unemployment and starvation, humiliation and inequality – they take refuge in an easy rhetoric of hate. It is so much easier to hate than to spend the time necessary to build the ramparts of a future world, one where the catastrophic social problems of today no longer define human existence. But the monsters of today – the morbid symptoms of this period of transition – do not care to tackle the problems of society. They blink at them, nod at them, and then move on to harsher prescriptions.

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-969-7834-01-3
Publishing date: May 2018
Rights: Pakistan
Pages: 101
Availability: In Stock
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No Fortunes to Tell

 595  297

Rs. 595     Rs.297

REVIEWS

“Harris Khalique explores with self-contained mastery the contrasts between official and untold history; the almost magical crudity of poetical observation aspires here to heal the well-spring of common stories where customary meaning loses its grip and absurdity finally makes sense.”
Omar Pérez—Essayist, Editor (Son of Ernesto Che Guevara)

“In No Fortunes to Tell, the poet records his experience of the world with brutal candour. His poems speak with chill detachment of war and its horror, destitution and disease and the dehumanisation of the poor. Beneath the matter of fact tone, spare language and austerity of the writing, there is pain for the human lot. This is a poetry that moves even as it terrifies and shocks. It shuns lyricism because the truth is too bitter to bear prettification or musical colour. ”
Adrian A. Husain —Poet, Author of Desert Album and Italian Window, Renaissance scholar, known for his Politics and Genre in Hamlet

“No Fortunes to Tell opens windows into a mind, one determined to confront its hauntings. Harris Khalique pays his respects to the shades of events that frighten us, leave communities unsettled and provoke our most necessary acts of love. His meditations refract violence, each abstracting human need from a detailed portrait of sorrow.”
Kristin Dykstra—Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, St Michael’s College, Vermont

“In precise, striking language Harris Khalique’s poems grapple with the great tragedies and moral questions of our time. He reveals Aleppo, Yemen and Waziristan as no reporter can, as only a poet can. A marsiya for our broken world.”Basharat Peer—Author Curfewed Night

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Poetry
Binding: Paperback
Rights: World
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Azadi’s Daughter

 895

Being a Secular Muslim in India

 

by Seema Mustafa
Rs.895.00

 

DESCRIPTION

“But strangely enough, I find all my identities under threat today. As a woman, as a journalist, as a Muslim, as a secularist, as a liberal and even as an Indian because the Idea of India as envisaged by those who led the struggle for Independence, and enshrined in the Constitution with all its guarantees and its protection, is under threat.”

A fascinating account of an audacious woman’s journey and a rapidly vanishing way of life, Azadi’s Daughter is both a personal memoir and a political commentary. Journalist Seema Mustafa writes evocatively of the secular, pluralist India of the 1960s and ’70s, chronicling her life as a Muslim woman born into the nationalist, progressive Kidwai family in Lucknow. As a child, her life was untouched by communalism, and even as she realizes that this was not the case for many, her book is a testament to the syncretic nature of secularism, in which a staunchly Muslim household was not limited to conservative interpretations of Islam.

Seema Mustafa incisively charts the events which have slowly begun to erode this tolerant, diverse ethos—the government’s handling of the Shah Bano case in the 1980s, the demolition of the Babri Masjid in the 1990s, the mass arrests and torture of Indian Muslim youth in the aftermath of the 9/11 bombings, and the Gujarat riots of the 2000s. She also examines the current state of secularism where people face marginalization and the threat of violence merely for exercising their right to religion, to livelihood and even to what they eat.

This book should set to rest lazy assumptions about Indian Muslims, and women in particular. Even as it highlights the dominant concerns of Indian Muslims—security, employment, education, housing—it also underlines their abiding faith in Indian democracy and its pluralistic ethos. A memoir that defies old assumptions and prejudices, Azadi’s Daughter is an important account of Indian Muslims in the modern world.

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: July 2018
Pages: 208

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The Hollow Kingdom

 995

ISIS and the CULT of JIHAD

 
by Edna Fernandez
Rs.995.00

 
DESCRIPTION

Governments across the world openly acknowledge the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as one of the greatest terrorist threats in history, greater even than Al Qaeda, which first set light to a global jihad. Never before has there been such a wealth of information, propaganda and counter-propaganda available on the subject, especially on the Internet. And yet, in all the noise, there’s confusion. This book draws on thorough research and rare interviews to deconstruct the founding ideology of ISIS and chart its growth: how it recruits, using the Dark Web to indoctrinate the disaffected and the emotionally vulnerable across the world; how it has spread globally, using violence as theatre and making secret pacts with cynical governments; and how it finances itself—through sale of oil, extortion and slave trade. The book also examines how this terrorist state is being dismantled by an unlikely coalition of forces from the Middle East and the West, even as it warns that the nationalist chauvinism and economic protectionism sweeping the world today could provide new fuel to ISIS and its ideology.

Rigorous and insightful, The Hollow Kingdom is a necessary read—a compelling mix of research and reportage.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 264

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Oh, Let Me Return!

 750

Nature’s Poets
Chinese Poetry of Two Millenia

 
Translated by Ha Poong Kim
Rs.750.00

 
DESCRIPTION

This Collection of nature poems of China includes nearly 250 poems by thirty-three poets over two millennia. Part One provides selections from the two oldest anthologies: the Shi Jing (“Classic of Songs”) and the Chu Ci (“Songs of the South”). Included in this part are folk songs of Ancient China as well as two long poems by Qu Yuan (340? – 278? BCE), the first known poet of China. Part Two begins with Tao Yuanming of the Easter Jin (317 – 420) and includes not only the well-known poets of Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) periods, such as Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Su Shi and Lu You, but also twenty lesser known poets.

 

ISBN: 978-1-84519-888-6

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 222

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Lost In Translation

 995

New Paradigms by the Arab Spring

 
by Uzi Rabi and Abdelilah Bouasria
Rs.995.00

 
DESCRIPTION

Following the much-publicized self-immolation of Muhammad Bouazizi on December 18, 2010, a tempestuous succession of demonstrations, revolutions and civil wars swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These events, collectively referred to as the “Arab Spring” spread contagiously throughout the Middle East and the Maghreb. However, for autocratic states, instead of ushering in tidy transitions of power, the revolutions and uprising descended into chaos, greatly complicating the task of analysts and historians attempting to make sense of the events. Has the Arab Spring brought much-needed change to the Arab people or will instability and turmoil preserve a perpetual state of “Arab Winter”.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: July 2018

Pages: 272

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Folio Classics

Animal Farm

 295

Rs.295.00

 

DESCRIPTION

A wake-up fable that chronicles the events of Russian Revolution, Animal Farm is larger than its text, stronger than its strongest character and as brutal in its depiction as the regime it allegorizes. Coming from the pen of the ultimate whistle-blower, George Orwell, it counters the spurious impression that revolutions bring improvement. The sly sloganeering of the pigs against their oppressive owner begins with the truth that ‘all animals are equal’ and ends in the post-truth rhetoric that ‘some animals are more equal than others’, testifying that Animal Farm has all the trappings of an eye-opening political treatise that transcends the space-time continuum in its relevance.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Classics

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 115

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The Communist Manifesto

 250  125

Rs.250.00

 

DESCRIPTION

The Communist Manifesto, first published in London in 1848, stands as one of the most influential and revolutionary political swathes of all time. Seeing global capitalism entrenched in its modern form of neoliberalism in the ‘90s, many of the world’s economic and political pundits started perceiving its triumph as permanent. It was only after another episodic crisis of capitalism hit the world in the first decade of twenty-first century that the perceptions started changing. Marx and Engels became relevant again. With the right-wing populism wave sweeping the world and the growth in appetite for alternative models, The Communist Manifesto has emerged as a work of great foreknowledge, a guiding light for people who want to fight economic imperialism and oppressive class structures.
‘As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece’ — Guardian

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Classics
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: April 2018
Rights: World
Pages: 64
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Folio Course Books

The CSS Wisdom

 950

Over 1000 Quotes and Excerpts

by Bilal Zahoor

Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“Quotations serve as an instrumental source not only to convey targetted content in an articulate manner but also as a source of learning about complex ideas. This book, The CSS Wisdom, perfectly consolidates several important quotations for the ease and benefit of CSS aspirants and would definitely serve as an effective resource for the aspirants adding to the quality of their performance in the exam.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position, CSS 2017)

 

“A much awaited compendium of credible quotations and excerpts that an aspirant of competitive examination needs and a shortest possible yet most effective way to cover intellectual deficit.” Hamood Ranjha (7th position, CSS 2016)

 

“There has been a long-felt need for a book that could condense some quality scholarly works on diverse and significant topics at a single place. And here comes The CSS Wisdom, edited by Bilal Zahoor. The book contains quotes and excerpts on varied contemporary political, social and economic issues that every reader and CSS/PMS aspirant should go through. Besides, this book will inculcate among readers a critical and analytical approach to understanding the world around them. I highly recommend this book to my students who are preparing for competitive exams, and my friends who want to equip themselves with progressive knowledge.” Ali Imran Rajput (Asst Commissioner, New Karachi, and a CSS Mentor)

 

“In times when most of the guidebooks for CSS aspirants are constipated with stodgy ideas, unfounded arguments and plagiarised knowledge, not to mention the mishandling of English language, Folio Books has taken up the responsibility to hand over, to the seekers of knowledge, the books that can not only be shelved but also ‘chewed’. The CSS Wisdom is an effort to bind together credible progressive views on some of the most significant contemporary topics. This treasure-trove of knowledge is certainly the forerunner of success.” Fatima Batool (Asst Professor FGEIs, and a CSS Mentor)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: December 2019
Rights: World
Pages: 272
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The CSS Companion

 950

200 Concepts Every Aspirant Should Know
by Bilal Zahoor, Aneeq Ejaz and Abrahim Shah
Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“An invaluable volume for the candidates for public service examinations and post graduate degrees. One of the major requirements for success in CSS and other such competitive examinations is clarity on essential concepts related to social sciences and humanities. This book caters to this imperative and hence a must read.” Raza Ahmad Rumi (1st position CSS 1994)

 

“Apart from exploring popular concepts, this book does a phenomenal job in bringing to fore terms and phenomena that are novel to most CSS aspirants. This will become a go-to book for those interested in developing informed opinion.” Prof. Dr. Talat Sohail (Director, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning, Lahore College for Women University)

 

“This book would serve as an instrumental tool for CSS aspirants in their preparation process. Its content as well as its format is enriching for the aspirants bringing the relevant material into one coherent book.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position CSS 2017)

 

“Intellectually engaging and all- encompassing, this treatise is a one stop destination for curious minds in general and CSS aspirants in particular.” Hassaan Ahsan (22nd position CSS 2016)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: January 2019
Rights: World
Pages: 316
Availability: In Stock

Acing CSS

 795

(45 Books, 270 Takeaways) Revised Edition
by Bilal Zahoor
Rs.750.00

 

DESCRIPTION

One of the biggest challenges a CSS candidate faces is developing a sound knowledge base of the most important sociopolitical and economic debates, multidisciplinary concepts and issues facing the world in general and Pakistan in particular. Overcoming this challenge not only requires thousands of hours of studying books, newspapers, periodicals and journals, but also needs significant financial resources. Even if someone is ready to tread this difficult path, there are not many quality books available in the market for CSS aspirants. In fact, the book shops and online stores are flooded with guide books having plagiarized content, shoddy editing and poor book design. This book has been created to solve this particular problem and has been tailored to the unique needs of CSS applicants. Immense amount of time has been spent in the process that involved complications such as choosing the relevant yet credible books to examine, thoroughly comprehending them and, most important, penning down the kernel of arguments put forth by the authors. Acing CSS contains the analyses of forty-five chosen books in the form of two hundred and seventy takeaways. With the aim to provide the young aspirants with original, authentic and diverse content, the book is inundated with scholarly perspectives on issues that matters to CSS aspirants.

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: December 2018
Rights: World
Pages: 260
Availability: In Stock