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Fiction. In Kazim Ali's wildly inventive novel THE SECRET ROOM, written as musical score for a string quartet, he asks: How does one create a life of meaning in the face of loneliness and alienation from one's own family, culture, or even sense of self? During the space of one single day, the lives of four people converge and diverge in ways they themselves may not even measure.
Kazim Ali's books include five volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, Bright Felon, Sky Ward, and All One's Blue: New and Selected Poems; four novels, QUINN'S PASSAGE, The Disappearance of Seth , Wind Instrument, and THE SECRET ROOM; a collection of short stories, Uncle Sharif's Life in Music, and three collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, FASTING FOR RAMADAN and Resident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine. He has translated books by Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi and Marguerite Duras. He is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College.Author City: OBERLIN, OH USA