Two-thirds of today’s British Pakistani diaspora trace their origins back to Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, a district that saw mass displacement and migration when it was submerged by the waters of a dam built after Partition. Sabba Khan’s debut graphic memoir explores what identity, belonging and memory mean for her and her family against the backdrop of this history.
As a second-generation Azad Kashmiri migrant in East London, Khan paints a vivid snapshot of contemporary British Asian life and investigates the complex shifts experienced by different generations within migrant communities, creating an uplifting and universal story that crosses borders and decades.
Race, gender and class are brought to the forefront in a simple and personal narrative, illuminated by an eloquent minimal style and architectural page design. Khan asks how religion and secularism, tradition and trend, heritage and progression can move toward a common space of love and understanding?
‘One of the true rising stars of UK indie comics… combining moments of quieter symbolism with compelling visual metaphor.’ – Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
‘I’ve been a bit of a fan of Sabba [Khan]’s work for some time now. I love the way she is able to weave in themes of fracture and discord around aspects of her culture without revoking any affection and pride for her roots. Her art remains a constant testament and love letter to her heritage. A beautiful thing, indeed.’ – South Asian Writers, South Asian Heritage Month
‘Absorbing’ – The Bookseller
‘A moving, important work: beautifully drawn.’ – Preti Taneja
‘A beautiful and bittersweet book.’ – Nikesh Shukla
‘What a cherishable book! Moving and irresistible.’ – Anne Karpf
‘Conjures auto-bio trailblazers like Alison Bechdel and Craig Thompson. A touchstone in the making, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.’ – Nyla Ahmad
‘Wonderfully intelligent and balanced...moving, wide-ranging and uplifting. I absolutely loved it.’ – Umi Sinha
‘[A] razor-sharp, resilient and generous view of what it means to believe, belong and breathe within spaces that are designed to keep you out.’ – Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country