Mirages of the Mind (Paperback)

By Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, Matt Reeck (Translator), Aftab Ahmad (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811224130, 574pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

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Basharat and his family are Indian Muslims who have relocated to Pakistan, but who remain deeply steeped in the nostalgia of pre-Partition life in India. Through Mirages of the Mind's absurd anecdotes and unforgettable biographical sketches--which hide the deeper unease and sorrow of the family's journey from Kanpur to Karachi--Basharet emerges as a wise fool, and the host of this unique sketch comedy. From humorous scenes in colonial north India, to the heartbreak and homesickness of post-colonial life in Pakistan, Mirages of the Mind forms an authentic portrait of life among South Asia's Urdu speakers, rendered beautifully into English by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad.