Fiction. Moazzam's Sheikh's sexually-charged tales unfold against a backdrop of colonization and ethnic tensions in Pakistan and the Middle East, and they also explore the immigrant's dilemma in the United States. He "maps the ways in which South Asian identities cohere and threaten to disintegrate at the contradictory intersections of memory, desire, connection, and exploitation.... Sheikh's voice too, is unique, bringing to the English short story the flavor and verve of the Urdu/Hindi tradition"—A. Chakladar.
Lisa Lau @ DesiLit Dailyaudio: interview @ The ProgressiveRumjhum Biswas @ Writers & Writerisms
Moazzam Sheikh was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He studied business, film and library science and is currently a librarian in the Art/Music/Recreation department at the San Francisco public library. In addition, he teaches at City College of San Francisco, writes fiction, and translates fiction from Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi/English. His latest work of translation is Stories of Intizar Husain (Katha). He has also edited a collection of stories, A Letter from India: Contemporary Pakistani Short Stories (Penguin). Moazzam is the author of CAFE LE WHORE AND OTHER STORIES (Weavers Press, 2013), and THE IDOL LOVER: AND OTHER STORIES OF PAKISTAN (Ithuriel's Spear, 2008).Author City: San Francisco, CA USA