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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 the editor of The Annual of Urdu Studies (1993-2014). He has translated half a dozen anthologies of Urdu fictional writing. His latest published work is The Occult (Penguin), a translation of the critically acclaimed Urdu writer Naiyer Masud’s volume of short stories, Seemiya.