Betrayal, bereavement, exile, belonging – these are the themes that resonate throughout This Other Salt. A writer, torn between two loves, looks for his lost words in the gaps between memory, mourning and desire in the title story; in ‘The Lost Cantos of the Silken Tiger’ a poet revenges herself on her faithless lover by turning their romance into a legend of biblical proportions; and a teenage boy’s life uncannily begins to resemble the role he plays in a school operetta in ‘The Blue Direction’.
Combining satire, legend, poetry, history and memoir, the linked stories of This Other Salt reveal an author of uncommon talent at the height of his craft.
About the Author
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi in 1955 and moved to London in the early 1970s. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and reviews regularly for the Independent and the TLS. Aamer has published four collections of short stories and a novella, Another Gulmohar Tree, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Europe and South Asia 2010.
‘Extraordinarily controlled, written in a tactile, musical prose, with a very individual sense of beauty.'
‘Each story, remarkable in both expansiveness and precision, sings with heartbreak, intelligence and elegy. A stunning collection.’
‘Poetic perfection … Drawing on legend, history, memoir, literature and film, Hussein’s stories are meant to be cupped in both hands and savoured slowly, like a cup of cardamom chai.’