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The Occult

The Occult

Naiyer Masud
,
Muhammad Umar Menon
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of The Occult have no discernible plots, their terrains are unidentifiable,
the characters that inhabit them have no names. Houses possess
domains where you are overcome with fear or desire without knowing why.
A lone dark cloud that brings sudden rain traverses the interpenetrating
landscape of the five stories. Time passes swiftly in some locations and is
knotted thickly at others. An exquisitely made artefact could either be the
model for a palace or a memorial of it. Has the woman fleeing managed
to escape once again or has she drowned in the fast-flowing river? A
narrative thread from one story may be taken up and twisted in another.
Together the stories create a shimmering maze where meaning is elusive
but from which the enchanted reader never wants to exit.

Imprint: India Viking

Published: Nov/2013

ISBN: 9780670086993

Length : 240 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

The Occult

Naiyer Masud
,
Muhammad Umar Menon

of The Occult have no discernible plots, their terrains are unidentifiable,
the characters that inhabit them have no names. Houses possess
domains where you are overcome with fear or desire without knowing why.
A lone dark cloud that brings sudden rain traverses the interpenetrating
landscape of the five stories. Time passes swiftly in some locations and is
knotted thickly at others. An exquisitely made artefact could either be the
model for a palace or a memorial of it. Has the woman fleeing managed
to escape once again or has she drowned in the fast-flowing river? A
narrative thread from one story may be taken up and twisted in another.
Together the stories create a shimmering maze where meaning is elusive
but from which the enchanted reader never wants to exit.

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Naiyer Masud

NAIYER MASUD is a scholar of Urdu and Persian, a translator (notably of Kafka), and a short story writer. Born in 1936 in Lucknow, Masud started publishing stories only in the 1970s. He retired from Lucknow University as Professor of Persian and lives in the house his father built, appropriately named 'Adabistan' (Abode of Literature). He has been translated into English, French, Spanish and Finnish, and was the recipient of the Saraswati Samman in 2007.

Muhammad Umar Menon

MUHAMMAD UMAR MEMON is Professor Emeritus of Urdu Literature and Islamic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a critic, short story writer, translator and editor of The Annual of Urdu Studies. He has translated half a dozen anthologies of Urdu fictional writing, the latest being Do You Suppose It’s the East Wind?.