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In the Ring of Pure Light

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This book brings together some of Zulfikar Ghose’s impressive lectures on language and literature delivered in recent years at universities in Pakistan, Canada, and the USA. The opening lecture, ‘An Address to the University Students of Pakistan’ (2008), offers valuable insight into the aesthetic issues that are at the heart of great literature. Maintaining the paramount i ...more
Paperback, First, 168 pages
Published 2011 by Oxford University Press, Karachi
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In the Ring of Pure Light: Lectures on Language and Literature, by Zulfikar Ghose, is a slim book loaded with ideas, connecting the dots across a couple centuries or more of great writing, to laser in on what works, and what does not, in poetry and fiction. Ghose boils down such a broad topic with models of the greatest, most imaginative creators of literary form—Gustave Flaubert, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, Flannery O’Conner, and ...more
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Zulfikar Ghose (born in Sialkot, India (now Pakistan) on March 13, 1935) is a novelist, poet and essayist. A native of Pakistan who has long lived in Texas, he writes in the surrealist mode of much Latin American fiction, blending fantasy and harsh realism.

He became a close friend of British experimental writer B. S. Johnson, with whom he collaborated on several projects, and of Anthony Smith. The