This month, Andre Naffis brings us the third installment in his Poeboes series of podcasts for the WWB blog. In his latest dispatch. Andre speaks to writer Aamir Hussein.
Aamer Hussein (1955– ), was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to London at the age of 15. He writes short stories and novellas, studied at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS, London) and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Fluent in Urdu, Italian and French he has written on Middle and Far Eastern literatures in translation and Modern South Asian Literature. His collections include: Mirror to the Sun (1993), This Other Salt (1999), Turquoise (2002), and Insomnia (2007). His novella, Another Gulmohar Tree, was published in May 2009. He has just finished a new book, The Hidden Rain (due 2011).
He serves on the board of Modern Poetry in Translation and Wasafiri. and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His website may be found at: www.aamerhussein.com
In this episode Hussein reads excerpts from his fiction, and shares his thoughts on world literature, his work in collecting, translating and editing stories by Pakistani Women Writers (published in his anthology Kahani, 2005) and discusses his own cosmopolitan roots and his affinities with the diverse languages and cultures he has encountered in his life.