The World Unseen

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In 1950s South Africa, apartheid is just becoming institutionalised. Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her ‘coloured’ business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her. When Amina helps Miriam's sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is ...
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Overview


In 1950s South Africa, apartheid is just becoming institutionalised. Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her ‘coloured’ business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her. When Amina helps Miriam's sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever.

In a system that divides white from black and women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956031600
  • Publisher: Enlightenment Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 200,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Shamim Sarif recently directed the motion picture adaptation of I Can’t Think Straight. She is also the writer/director of the award-winning feature film, The World Unseen, which is based on her novel of
the same name. She has won several Best Director Awards including a prestigious SAFTA award.
The book of The World Unseen won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask
Award. She is the author of a further novel, Despite the Falling Snow. She lives in London with her partner Hanan and their two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2008

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    READ THIS BOOK!!! AND ANY OTHERS BY THIS AUTHOR

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am on winter break and I have read 2 of Shamim's novels ( I Can't Think Straight & The World Unseen). I am currently waiting for "Despite the Falling Snow" to arrive at my doorstep. I am a reader of autobiographies. So, when I stumbled upon Shamim's works, which are fiction, I was so thrilled. She truly tells stories that are universal. Yes, at the heart of her novels are the love between two women. BUT she tells these stories so eloquently and truly gives a voice to love. All three of her novels take place in different times, different countries and continents. She covers race, class, tradition and LOVE. These are not the same old coming out stories. Shamim's novels are about love, self identification, self love. She conveys her message with such ease. Mostly, she gives the gift of love and shows us that love is a universal emotion. Her novels are not simply about being gay , in fact, neither is truly about being gay. I am so impressed with this author. She and her partner have made 2 out of the three novels (I Can't Think Straight & The World Unseen) into films and the third (Despite the Falling Snow) is on its way. This is not just fiction. Shamim tells a story. You feel you could easily be one of her many characters regardless of sexuality. That is what's so amazing about her writing. She touches on the subtleties of romantic love, family love, etc. Let me also mention that I read 5 books at a time. I read both of these novels back to back. I didn't want to finish either of them. I Can't Think Straight is funny & heartwarming. The World Unseen covers apartheid in S. Africa during the 50's, the emigration of people from India to S. Africa, and the developing love between two Indian women. <BR/>I am obviously excited about Shamim Sarif's work. You will not be disappointed. Also, I'm not quite sure why B&N is not selling "I Can't Think Straight" but you can find it on Amazon!<BR/>HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2010

    Beautiful story I loved it

    She is such a talented writer. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, I read it in a day and a half.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Awesome Read

    This book is a great read. The author writes in such a way that makes you feel like you know the characters and can relate to them. This is a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Good Read

    Went super fast once I got all the names under my belt. Great story.

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