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Welcome to the hip and edgy and vibrant world of <i>Halal Pork & Other Stories</i>, a postcolonial feast where, as the title implies, contradictions reign, the figurative is made literal, stolen homelands are bought back and not fought over, and a Coney Island circus star, garbed in a space suit and known for her levitating act, is none other than the prophetess from another planet. These five, witty stories serve up a refreshing crash course on identity, diaspora, dispossession, and on the not-so-distant future full of alien-human hybrid forms seeking their way to a place of solace, grief, or limbo. An impressive debut. --R. Zamora Linmark, <i>Rolling the R's</i>, <i.The Evolution of a Sigh</i> and <i>Leche</i> What do you mean you'd never even thought about reading Tatar Turkish Russian Muslim immigrant Brooklyn post-colonial sci-fi punk-rock short fiction before? After you've finished Cihan Kaan's <i>Halal Pork and Other Stories</i>, you'll realize how ridiculously narrow-minded you must have been. Irreverent, urgent, funny and refreshingly unpredictable, Kaan entertains and instructs in devious and delightful ways. --Moustafa Bayoumi, <i>The Edward Said Reader</i> and <i>How does it Feel to be a Problem: Young and Arab in New York</i>

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In Halal Pork and Other Stories, Cihan Kaan projects an avant-garde, post 9/11 world, from the perspective of a young Muslim New Yorker. It's a place where Coney Island meets Mars; where hijabi girls are punk rock dervishes; where identity salesmen count pigeons at insane asylums as a cream cheese conspiracy brews in gitmo; where rich boys pay to be Muslim for a day; where the transgendered are holy; and where the bacon is halal. Kaan offers up five urban Sufi tales in the swirling graffiti of Brooklyn.
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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: UpSet Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976014238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976014232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I haven't read a collection this good in ages. Poetic, political, and witty with words. I'm glad teachers are starting to teach some of his stories!
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Kaan's insightful look into and expression of human nature reveals, revels in and explores the universal tie of not belonging. Absolutely creatively eloquent. All persons of substance should definitely add Halal Pork & Other Stories to their summer reading list.
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It's been a long time since I have read something that I know would have been recommended to me by a writer I admire and hold in esteem. Luckily, I met with someone who is said author/writer/poet/extraordinary person that gave me a copy of this book, and I am thankful for that.

I will admit that the American education system failed to teach me much about how populations/cultures/countries, etc got abolished by other nations, so it was good to read in one aspect for it made me want to learn more about the history of Crimea and Turkey. It was great to read in other aspects because this is one very visually creative author. The images he conjured up for me were ones I would never have thought up on my own, and I'd like to think I'm creative.

The short stories in this book take you on different adventures throughout Brooklyn, NYC, in differing time periods, but all focusing on a post-9/11 NYC. Being a South Asian NYer, I resonated with a lot of what the author brought out in his various characters.

Something I'll definitely take away from this book (to make my husband laugh, mostly) is his use of "Pap Smear Ribbon" beer. That was awesome.

Want to chuckle and also get a dose of realities that are not represented in the main stream culture? Then read this.
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"Finally, a decade after the insanity gripping the world through the force of American policy following 9/11, a generation has come of age in the form of Cihan Kaan's brilliant and ambitious debut, Halal Pork and Other Stories. With a dose of sanity, a double dose of humor, and a triple dose of compassion, Kaan gets it right, bringing us back to a world many of us actually live in, despite the relentless hysteria of non-stop propaganda we're subjected to 24/7".... Review by Ammiel Alcalay Read the rest in Bomb Magazine: [...]
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it was a very rich palatte of theatre of the absurd, bizarreness, comedy, brooklynisms... culture clash, teenage angst, tall tales and narly yarns
psychodelia....here are some folks who will read it and be catipulted very far from their universe i pictured the nation of islam cat reading it and having a very confused reaction to it yeah, it was very punk rock me against the world i can see it becoming a book that is studied in an ethnic studies class in many universities.
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