Zarrar Said was born in Lahore and spent his childhood between Dubai and the US. His debut novel, Pureland, drew immediate attention worldwide, deeming it a “gripping read” (Forbes) which was “along the lines of Midnight’s Children” (The Hindu). Along with the recognition came controversy where his books were deemed too illicit for some bookstores to hold. Zarrar believes that societies suffer from the prejudices that they keep and Pureland is one such story that has been lost due to hatred. His writing embodies themes of lost homelands, class discrimination, and dogmatic politics. Zarrar currently works and lives in New York City.