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Stephen Bann, 30 December 1982

Queen of Stones 
by Emma Tennant.
Cape, 160 pp., £6.95, November 1982, 0 224 02601 1
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 
by William Kotzwinkle, based on a screenplay by Melissa Mathison.
Arthur Barker, 246 pp., £6.95, November 1982, 0 213 16848 0
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Tales of Afghanistan 
by Amina Shah.
Octagon Press, 128 pp., £6.50, November 1982, 0 900860 94 4
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The Masque of St Eadmundsburg 
by Humphrey Morrison.
Blond and Briggs, 228 pp., £7.95, October 1982, 0 85634 127 4
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A Villa in France 
by J.I.M. Stewart.
Gollancz, 206 pp., £6.95, October 1982, 0 575 03103 4
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Collected Stories: Vol. III 
by Sean O’Faolain.
Constable, 422 pp., £9.95, November 1982, 0 09 463920 5
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Work Suspended and Other Stories 
by Evelyn Waugh.
Penguin, 318 pp., £2.75, November 1982, 0 14 006518 0
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... learned apparatus of Le Roy Ladurie’s structural analysis. Perhaps this is a clue to the reason Amina Shah’s collection of Tales of Afghanistan proves more than a little unsatisfying. It is an assortment of brief folk-tales with charming and enticing titles, like ‘The Unforgettable Sneeze’ and ‘The Water-Carrier’s Fabulous Sons’. It does ...

Qatrina and the Books

Amit Chaudhuri: What is Pakistani Writing?, 27 August 2009

The Wasted Vigil 
by Nadeem Aslam.
Faber, 436 pp., £7.99, June 2009, 978 0 571 23880 4
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... content (some of that content was the contribution of Muslim emperor-composers such as Wajid Ali Shah). It was in this period, too, that Nadeem Aslam’s father, a Marxist, left Pakistan for Huddersfield. And it was in the same decade that India moved into the second, triumphal phase of its nationalism: the phase of Hindutva; of the professionalised diaspora ...

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