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On the shores of Lake Como a man and woman talk about longing and belonging; a translator finds himself drawn into the personal and political turmoil of the poet he translates; a woman’s quiet world is eroded by World War II and the division of her country.
Charting the geographies of leave-taking and homecoming, the consolations and rivalries of friendship, adolescent yearnings and maturity’s tentative acceptance of longing, these exquisite stories engage with the grand narratives of our time.
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.
'Profound but low key; spiritual, but pragmatic; full of longing, but also acceptance.'
Independent on Sunday
'Both disconcerting and alluring ... the further the reader travels into Hussein's landscape of erosion, the more potent his capacity to find beauty becomes.'
Times Literary Supplement
'Wonderfully evocative and readable.'