A naive peasant is left with a white man's baby; a middle-class housewife sees visions of salvation in the tricks of circus animals - in this collection of stories by Pakistan's finest women writers - including Jamila Hashmi, Mumtaz Shirin, and Fahmida Riaz - we are introduced to the intricate narrative patterns and compelling cadences of a rich literary culture.
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Editor: Hussein, Aamer
Saqi Books, 2005
Equally at ease with polemic and lyricism, these writers mirror the events of their convoluted history - nationalism and independence, wars with India, the creation of Bangladesh, the ethnic conflicts in Karachi - in innovative and courageous forms. Influenced both by the Indian and Islamic traditions of their milieu and by the shocking impact of modernity, they are distinguished above all by their artistic integrity and intellectual honesty.
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi and moved to London in 1970. As well as an author, Hussein is a well-known reviewer and literary critic, contributing to 'The Independent' and the 'TLS', as well as to several Pakistani national newspapers. He holds visiting posts at the University if Southampton and the University of London, and was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Imperial College for 2003-2004. He was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature.