Uzma Aslam Khan

Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Prize 2003


‘We glimpse a Pakistan – that no writer in English has ever depicted before – a delicate erotic tale spun from threads of timeless myth.’ The Independent

‘Khan’s second novel reverses the East-to-West pilgrimage so fashionable in recent sub-continental fiction. She creates a story of cultural and ethnic conflict in spare and elegant prose that resonates beyond its immediate setting.’ The Observer

‘A narrative as intricately patterned and vivid as lengths of top-quality silk. The image of doomed love and a violent society is original, emotional, and inevitably sad.’ The Sunday Telegraph

‘TRESPASSING’S epic scope, encompassing global conflicts as well as very personal concerns, is enhanced by its subtle language and its interweaved narratives of beautifully realized characters.’ Metro

‘A tender book, distinguished by subtle descriptions of nature. It is a celebration of the importance of perception, inquisitiveness about the smaller details of life, but Khan does not shy away from the bigger picture. Writing intelligently, she explores colonialism, identity and belief, without presuming to offer any conclusions or solutions. Khan works with questions; hints and queries replace absolutes.’ Chloe Diski, New Statesman

‘TRESPASSING is a bold and self-confident piece of work that breaks from the dogmas and doctrines of a conflict-torn state… We cannot help but become involved in the lives of the various characters so lovingly presented.’ Sunday Tribune


  • Flamingo UK
  • Metropolitan USA
  • Penguin India
  • Elan Vital Pakistan
  • Editions Philippe Picquier France
  • Europa Verlag Germany
  • Neri Pozza Italy
  • Alfaguara World Spanish
  • RBA Catalan
  • Van Gennep/Rainbow pocket NL
  • Psichogios Greece
  • Ambar Portugal
  • Ordfront Sweden
  • Alfa Narodna Knjiga Serbia
  • Det Norske Samlaget Norway
  • Bertrand Brasil (Record) Brazil
  • Carmel Israel
  • Polirom Romania

Material: finished copies (448pp)