Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali Farooqi (born July 26, 1968, Hyderabad, Pakistan) is a Pakistani-Canadian writer, translator and journalist.

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Biography

Farooqi received his early education in Hyderabad, at St. Bonaventure’s High School and the Model School and College in Hyderabad, Sindh, and proceeded to attend NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi for three years, not finishing his degree.[1]

Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow (Knopf, 2008) which was shortlisted for the 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; it was earlier longlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He also published a children's picture book titled The Cobbler's Holiday: or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes (Roaring Brook Press, 2008). His critically acclaimed translation of the 1871 version of Dastan-e Amir Hamza (Adventures of Amir Hamza) by Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami was published in October 2007 by the Modern Library. He published the first book of a projected 24-volume translation of the world's first magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba,[2] in 2009. A selection from his translation of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed's poetry was published by the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series in 2010. He is developing the Urdu Project,[3] an online resource for the study of Urdu language and literature.

Farooqi also writes a political satire column titled The Goat Spy Letters for The Express Tribune.

He lives in Toronto, Canada and Karachi, Pakistan.

Bibliography

Novels and other fiction

  • The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man & Other Stories (Puffin India, 2011)
  • The Story of a Widow (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008; Picador India, 2009)
  • The Cobbler’s Holiday: or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes (Roaring Brook Press, 2008)
  • Salar Jang's Passion (Summersdale Publishers, UK, 2002; HarperCollins India, 2001)

Translations

  • Rococo and Other Worlds - Selected Poetry of Afzal Ahmed Syed (Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series, 2010)
  • The Beast - Translation of Syed Muhammad Ashraf's Urdu novella "Numberdar ka Neela" (Tranquebar Press/Westland Books, 2010)
  • Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism, originally published (1883–1893) in Urdu as Tilism-e Hoshruba by Muhammad Husain Jah and Ahmed Husain Qamar. (Urdu Project/Random House India, 2009)
  • The Adventures of Amir Hamza, originally written in Urdu by Ghalib Lakhnavi (Random House/Modern Library, 2007)

Film Essays The Foot-Worshipper's Guide to Watching Maula Jatt (The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies Do to Writers., Ed. by Jai Arjun Singh, Tranquebar, 2011)

Forthcoming Works

  • Between Clay and Dust: A Novel (David Davidar, Aleph Book Company, South Asia Edition), April 2012
  • Rabbit Rap - Young-adult fiction
  • Tik-Tik: The Master of Time - Children's Novel

Serial Novel - The Goat-Spy

Critical essays

  • "The Poetics of Amir Hamza's World: Notes on the Ghalib Lakhnavi / Abdullah Bilgrami Version" (pp. 89–97, Volume 24, Annual of Urdu Studies, 2009)
  • "Introduction to Tilism-e Hoshruba" (pp. 71–88, Volume 24, Annual of Urdu Studies, 2009)
  • "The Simurgh Feather Guide to the Poetics of Dastan-e Amir Hamza Sahibqiran" (pp. 119–167, Volume 15, Annual of Urdu Studies, 2000)


References

  1. ^ Interview, in May 04, 2008 edition of Dawn's Weekly Magazine, following up to the publication of Dastan-e-Ameer Hamza
  2. ^ Hoshruba
  3. ^ Urdu Project

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