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Essence of Camphor Hauntingly beautiful short stories with strong affinities to Kafka and Borges, by one of the most enthralling voices to emerge from India


About the Author: Naiyer Masud

Naiyer Masud 1936 2017 was an Urdu scholar and Urdu language short story writer.Naiyer Masud was born in 1936 in Lucknow He did two separate PhD degrees in Urdu and Persian, and was a professor of Persian at Lucknow University He started publishing his fictional work in the 1970s, of which four collections have appeared so far Two collections of selected stories have appeared in English translation as Essence of Camphor and Snake Catcher, the former later also translated into Finnish, French, and Spanish Besides fiction, he has several volumes of critical studies of classical Urdu literature to his credit and has also translated Kafka and numerous contemporary Iranian short stories In 1977 he visited Tehran at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Iran He was the recipient, in 2008, of India s highest literary award, the 17th Saraswati Samman.



10 thoughts on “Essence of Camphor

  1. says:

    A collection of short stories from India with a lot of local color I ll call them mood stories a lot of atmosphere but very little plot In the title story, a young, artistic man grows up observing his neighbors and neighborhood and develops a crush on a young woman who is dying He mainly sees her on family visits and makes artistic gifts for her This is old India, so it


  2. says:

    I came to know about Naiyer Masud some months ago when I read about his sad demise in a few literary conscious online sites Recently I started wondering about why our curiosity about a writer s work suddenly escalates when he becomes out of reach Articles with ten best stories and so forth popped out within days I looked up about his writing online and read a few pages in thep


  3. says:

    I think it s best to simply copy and paste my review for the Masud collection entitled Snake Catcher , as all the same remarks apply to this book as well Even to rate this book seems inappropriate Masud is a brilliant writer I don t know what he writes But I m glad I have read it Every little sentence is so simple and makes so much sense But when you put the simple little sentences t


  4. says:

    Anthology of short stories from an Indian writer The scenarios hold some initial interest but I found the protagonists universally annoying and the ending of each story perplexing Perhaps they suffered in translation.


  5. says:

    I m learning that it s OK not to understand every story It s the ambiance and feeling that s evoked that matters.


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