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The Resource The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack, H.M. Naqvi

The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack, H.M. Naqvi

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The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack
Title
The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack
Statement of responsibility
H.M. Naqvi
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Abdullah; bachelor and scion of a once prominent family; awakes on the morning of his seventieth birthday and considers launching himself over the balcony. Having spent years attempting to compile a "mythopoetic legacy" of his beloved Karachi; the cosmopolitan heart of Pakistan; Abdullah has lost his zeal. A surprise invitation for a night out from his old friend Felix Pinto snaps Abdullah out of his funk, and saddles him with a ward?Pinto?s adolescent grandson Bosco. As Abdullah plays mentor to Bosco, he also attracts the romantic attentions of Jugnu, an enigmatic siren with links to the mob. All the while Abdullah?s brothers? plot to evict him from the family estate. Now he must to try to save his home?or face losing his last connection to his familial past. Anarchic, erudite, and rollicking, with a septuagenarian protagonist like no other, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack is a joyride of a story set against a kaleidoscopic portrait of one of the world?s most vibrant cities.--Amazon.com
  • Abdullah the Coassack, antihero, is the personification of Karachi?s decaying soul. The 70-year-old revels in nostalgia at the Sunset Lodge, the crumbling family estate he is at risk of losing. His was a Karachi defined by jazz quartets, Goan rockers, cabarets, theosophists, landmark synagogues and drinking Soviet delegates under the table. A self-styled intellectual, he has in the twilight of his life decided to document aspects of society ignored by historians. He notes, for instance, that in contrast to the emphasis on mourning at funerals, the death anniversaries of Sufi saints are “commemorated with song and dance until daybreak”. His observations, compiled and edited by former protege Bosco, form the narrative of Naqvi?s new novel, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack. Through his protagonist, Naqvi sheds light on an older and more enlightened Karachi
Cataloging source
YDX
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Naqvi, H. M
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Older men
  • Nostalgia
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
Label
The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack, H.M. Naqvi
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Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in the USA and Canada by Black Cat in 2019, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Inc
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065209839
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781611854879
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042096960
Label
The selected works of Abdullah the Cossack, H.M. Naqvi
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in the USA and Canada by Black Cat in 2019, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Inc
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065209839
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781611854879
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042096960

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