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Hoops of Fire: Fifty Years of Fiction by Pakistani Women
In this collection of stories by Pakistan's finest women writers we are introduced to the intricate narrative patterns and compelling cadences of a rich literary culture which deserves to be better known. Spanning the entire fifty years of a new nation's history, and ranging in style from harsh realism to poetry and parable, these stories (translated from Urdu) provide the ...more
Published February 3rd 2000 by Saqi Books
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I received this book for my birthday from my friend. I have a great interest in Pakistani and Indian culture, so this was a great gift. The book contains 12 short stories written by women including Farkhanda Lodhi, Umme Amara, Razia Fasih Ahmed, Khalida Husain, and Mumtaz Shirin. Many of the stories deal with Partition and its aftermath. I enjoyed some stories better than others. My favorites included "Parbati" by Farkhanda Lodhi, which told the story of a woman crossing the border during war. " ...more
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi in 1955 and moved to London in 1970 for further education after a year at boarding school in India. He has a degree in Urdu, Persian and South Asian studies from SOAS, and later studied French, philosophy and psychology. He began publishing fiction in the 1980s in journals and anthologies. His first collection of stories, Mirror to the Sun, appeared in 1993, to be ...moreMore about Aamer Hussein...