The Snake Catcher Naiyer Masud

ISBN: 9781566569798

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The Snake Catcher  by  Naiyer Masud

The Snake Catcher by Naiyer Masud
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A dazzling collection of short stories from Indian master storyteller compared to Kafka and Borges. Snake Catcher is the second collection of the acclaimed master story teller Naiyer Masuds work to appear in English. Four stories from his firstMoreA dazzling collection of short stories from Indian master storyteller compared to Kafka and Borges.

Snake Catcher is the second collection of the acclaimed master story teller Naiyer Masuds work to appear in English. Four stories from his first collection, Seemiya (an Arabic word which can mean a number of things, among them metamorphosis or the art of creating illusions), appear here, along with seven more. Readers may find something of Kafkas influence in these storiesor Borges, or Garcia Marquez, or Murakami. But its surely best to speak of these fictions as pure Masud, as no other has rendered a fictional world like this one.

Imagine that a single arch is all that remains of a once grand and storied building, and say that a story might be like that arch: spare, precise, singular, open, a portal affording a glimpse of an elaborate past and an uncertain future, of this world and a dream world beyond. Wasnt there-once-a house? A city of arches and passageways and verandas? A lover peering in the window? Whatever else remains indeterminate in these eleven stark stories, it is certain that at the center of each stands a solitary I, one among family and neighbors, one from whose consciousness the story emerges.

Pulled along by this always compelling voice, we inhabit in these stories a world in which illusions are stark as day, and the threads by which we take hold of life are only kindness, and mystery, and want.



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