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The Roles We Play by Sabba Khan
The Roles We Play is published by Myriad Editions in paperback at £18.99.




Sabba Khan

The Roles We Play

“Where is home, Mum?” From the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kashmiri valleys to bustling Green Street in East London, Sabba Khan researches her identity from the global to the local, covering partition, displacement, and assimilation with humour and courage.

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?

Sabba Khan is a visual artist, graphic novelist and architectural designer living in Newham, East London. An extract from The Roles We Play was shortlisted by the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2018, and her work-in-progress is supported by Jerwood Arts. She designed the cover for the Eisner award-winning graphic anthology Drawing Power and was described by Broken Frontier as “one of the true rising stars of UK indie comics.”

“[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.

“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.

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