By Mohammed Hanif
From the writer of the universally acclaimed debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes: a subversive, usually shockingly humorous new novel set in steaming Karachi, approximately moment probabilities, thwarted objectives, and love within the very unlikely places.
The sufferers of the Sacred center clinic for All diseases desire a miracle, and Alice Bhatti could be simply what they're trying to find. She's the recent junior nurse, yet that's the one factor usual approximately her. Her father is a part-time healer within the French Colony, Karachi's Christian slum--and it sort of feels she has inherited his part-time reward. With a bit begrudging yet encouraged improvisation, Alice brings succour to the sufferers lining the hospital's corridors. but, a Christian in an Islamic international, she is ensnared within the crimson tape of medical institution paperwork, trapped through the caste approach, and torn among her responsibility to her sufferers, her father, and her husband--an apprentice to the nefarious "Gentlemen's Squad" of the police, and approximately to plunge them either right into a scenario so harmful that maybe now not even a miracle can store them. yet, after all, Alice Bhatti is not any usual nurse...
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Walter de Gruyter, 2008). For a brief history of research about social memory in general, see Jeffrey K. Olick and Joyce Robbins, “Social Memory Studies: From ‘Collective Memory’ to Historical Sociology of Mnemonic Practices,” AnnRevSociol 24 (1998): 105–40. 62 This means that because the broader public no longer spoke or understood Sumerian, oral transmission could no longer preserve the Sumerian part of Mesopotamia’s cultural identity. A vital part of Mesopotamia’s cultural memory was hence threatened with oblivion.
In other words, to avoid a disconnection between a culture and its cultural memory cultural memory needs to reflect the dynamic changes of society. In oral cultures this adjustment is automatic. The fixity of written texts makes such an ongoing adjustment of the written cultural memory of a society to its dynamic changes more challenging. While cultures and societies change written texts do not. When a culture develops but its written cultural memory does not develop with it, literature as the written cultural memory of a society is either readjusted to these developments or becomes obsolete.
As a consequence the Deluge came. The implication for a time of increased Greek cultural influence is evident. Greek acculturation is comparable to the teaching of the fallen heavenly Watchers. Its consequences will be as bad as the Deluge was. 84 Translation according to Hesiod. The Homeric Hymns and Homerica. 1959. Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. LCL. London: Heinemann, 199, 201. in the second degree 37 But the BW does not only issue a general warning against Hellenism. It is also more specific in its attack on the mixed marriages of Watchers and human women.