A Flat Place

by Noreen Masud

$40.00

Raw and radical, unfamiliar and beguiling - a journey through Britain's breathtaking flatlands and a reckoning with the painful memories and hidden histories contained in those landscapes

 Noreen Masud has always loved flat landscapes - their stark beauty, their formidable calm, their refusal to cooperate with the human gaze. They reflect her inner world: the 'flat place' she carries inside herself, emotional numbness and memory loss as symptoms of childhood trauma. But as much as the landscape provides solace for this suffering, Britain's flatlands are also uneasy places for a Scottish-Pakistani woman, representing both an inheritance and a dispossession.

Pursuing this paradox across the wide open plains that she loves, Noreen weaves her impressions of the natural world with the poetry, folklore and history of the land, and with recollections of her own early life, rendering a startlingly strange, vivid and intimate account of a post-traumatic, post-colonial landscape - a seemingly flat and motionless place which is nevertheless defiantly alive.

Format: Hardback
Page Count: 240 Pages
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Published: Aug 2023
ISBN: 9780241544051

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