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“Still Life” by Anoushka Khan: This Graphic Novel is an experiment with visual storytelling, and explores themes of love, isolation, memory and loss

  • The book “Still Life” by Anoushka Khan is a heartbreaking graphic novel that explores alienation, loss and fear.

  • Anoushka Khan is an artist and freelance editor. She grew up in Pakistan and the Netherlands, and currently lives in the UK. This is her first graphic novel.

  • The book follows Pinky, who is a recluse and rarely leaves the suburbs; but when her husband, Pasha, goes missing, she sets off to find him. In her search, she encounters a dream-like landscape, the ancient interior of the city she was born in; the bright farms and fields of Pasha’s childhood and the dark wilderness of the mountains, where she must finally confront her fears. Part road trip, part existential thriller, this book uses pictures and words to create a world that is both unsettling and extraordinary.

  • Read an excerpt from Anoushka Khan’s graphic novel “Still Life” below.

Excerpted with permission from Still Life: A Graphic Novel, Anoushka Khan, Penguin Viking. Read more about the book here and buy it here.


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