First ever translations of short stories by the noted writer of Punjabi Nadir Ali, rendered into modern English by a San Francisco based team of librarians, Amna Ali and Moazzam Sheikh.
Fourteen short stories chosen by the translators from Nadir's Ali three collections deal with his primary concerns: the partition of India, human desire for beauty and longing for intimacy, man's moral decline due to industrialization and modernity's corroding effect on nature, human relationships and values.
“With this hypnotic collection, Nadir Ali conjures the lost art of truly immersive story-telling and reminds me why I fell in love with reading in the first place. These are settings, characters, and situations rarely seen in contemporary literature and woefully absent from the bookshelves of the English-speaking world, but they cry out to be known. Ali brings them unforgettably to life with empathy, wisdom, and subtle sensuality. These stories will haunt you in the best way.” — Chaitali Sen, author of The Pathless Sky, and A New Race of Men from Heaven (forthcoming from Sarabande Books and winner of Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction)
Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translation.