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The Swan's Wife (Short Stories)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Lucid, lyrical and frequently humorous, this exciting new collection of Hussein s stories ranges from the experimental approach of The Man from Beni Mora and The Tree at the Limit or more mellow explorations of legends of love and loss in The Swan s Wife , to the rambling conversations of two Karachi veterans lunching by the sea while their city rains down on them in Two ...more
Paperback, 1st, 126 pages
Published 2014 by ILQA Publications
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Shehroze Ameen
Oct 21, 2016 Shehroze Ameen rated it it was amazing
Now this is a really really nice book. And honestly, it is one of at least four books I've read in English by Pakistani authors. And of those four, only one was mediocre to low standards. This one, is nice. It's well written, has an intimacy in its presentation, all the short stories are unique yet conform to a thematic fulcrum (like the opening and second last stories, or the motif of birds, as well as being immigrants and exiles - or at least perceived as such). And that for me is actually a ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Jibran rated it liked it
Perpetual, permanent, fluid exile. Internal and external exile. That's what characterises Aamer Hussein's fiction. An able storyteller he is, for sure, but I found the stories in this collection to be rather lacking, unlike his other collection of stories titled 'Cactus Town', which I enjoyed reading a lot.

Estrangement as a theme is ubiquitous in the stories - estrangements with the self, with the beloved, with the world around you. Another noticeable thing is that all these stories contain two
Syed Umr Iftikhar Ahmed
Aamer weaves his stories from the essence of exile in this. Whether self-exile or a social exile, sometimes even a psychological exile perhaps. A rooted person may not feel comfortable with these but will like a perception from the other side. These stories paint well the contrast between exile / expatriation and rootedness ...
Some short stories were really good, some just made do. Yet an unputdownable collection it made. A good day's reading but beware, you may feel some darkness washing over
Danyal Effendi
May 11, 2014 Danyal Effendi rated it really liked it
a wonderfull collection of ten very short stories half of them translated by author from his urdu work. Three stories are very different and experimental in approach, which gives a good change. The British and Pakistani mix depicted in stories is close to reality and sounds like true stories rather fictional.
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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 ...more
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