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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

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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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