Pluralism, Sabba’s debut graphic novel, is a collection of 30 autobiographical short stories that explore themes of identity, belonging and memory within the East London Pakistani Muslim diaspora.
The Jerwood New Work Fund will support protected time for Sabba to work on the novel in the lead up to its publication. Together the 30 stories paint a vivid snapshot of contemporary British Asian life and the complex generational shifts experienced within migrant communities today. Issues of race, gender and class are brought to the forefront in a simple and personal narrative.
The title of the book, Pluralism, nods to a guiding philosophy and the ultimate question Khan is exploring: can religion and secularism, tradition and trend, heritage and progression move beyond a limited binary definition and toward a common space of love and understanding, and ultimately toward a pluralistic approach?