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The Cloud Messenger
ISBN: 9781846590894
eISBN: 9781846591037
1 March 2011
13 x 20 cm
208 pages

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Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi in 1955 and moved to London in the 1970s. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and reviews regularly for the Independent.

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The Cloud Messenger

Aamer Hussein


London, that distant rainy place his father lived in once, is where Mehran finds himself after leaving Karachi. And it is there that his adult life unfolds: he discovers the joys of poetry, faces the trials of love and work and spends his dreaming hours 'sending cloud messages to other places'.

A feeling of restlessness pursues Mehran as he travels to Italy, India and Pakistan. But the relationships he forms - with wounded, passionate Marvi, volatile Marco and the enigmatic Riccarda - and his power of recollection finally bring him some sense, however fleeting, of belonging, in this beautifully poignant paean to lost love.


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The Cloud Messenger by Aamer Hussein has been shortlisted for the Muslim Writers Awards 2011.

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'Elegantly melancholy, yet sharp-eyed too. I was reminded simultaneously of the early 19th-century French and of poetic worlds I didn't know at all .A shower of pleasures.'
Julia O'Faolain

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They lived in Karachi, a hot city, where they ate oranges, bananas, mangoes, papaya and custard apples, knew only the desert and the sea, couldn't imagine what strawberries or crumpets tasted like; milk and cream made them sick.

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