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About the Author

Iftikhar Arif is an Urdu poet and scholar. He is currently the Chairman of Pakistan’s National Language Authority and has received the Presidential Pride of Performance award. His poetry has been translated into several languages, including English in the collection Written in a Season of Fear.

Waqas Khwaja is an Associate Professor of English at Agnes Scott College. He has published three collections of poetry, a travelogue, and has edited several anthologies of Pakistani literature.


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Product Details

  • Series: Pakistani Literature Series
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564786056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564786050
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Waqas Khwaja is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses in Victorian and Romantic poetry, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Creative Writing. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Emory University, Atlanta, and LL.B. from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, in addition to an honorary fellowship from the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. He has published three collections of original poetry, No One Waits for the Train (2007), Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum (1987), and Mariam's Lament (1992), a literary travelogue Writers and Landscapes (1991) about his experiences with the International Writers Program, University of Iowa, and three anthologies of Pakistani literature in translation, Cactus (1986), Mornings in the Wilderness (1988) and Short Stories from Pakistan (1991). He was the translation editor (and contributing translator) for Modern Poetry of Pakistan (2011), a National Endowment of the Arts project, showcasing the work of 44 prominent Pakistani poets from its seven major language traditions. A regular columnist for and contributor to The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, The Pakistan Times, News International, The Nation, and The Friday Times between 1983 and 1992, he was a practicing lawyer and visiting professor of law in Pakistan before he emigrated to the U.S. in 1994 to pursue an academic career in literature. He has published scholarly articles on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. He has guest-edited a special issue on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, released in February 2011, and has contributed numerous scholarly articles to academic journals and publications.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ZeeWashington on June 30, 2012
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Interesting book, but not "the first anthology of its kind to appear in English" as it says. There are other anthologies, pretty good and fine translations from Pakistan, which have been published before. Too bad this book of Pakistani poetry gives no idea of the great work of modern Pakistani English poets. Not even token acknowledgement. Pakistan still refuses its modern identity. We've long known such projects are notoriously doomed when'culture'is managed by governments. The National Endowment should have spent American taxpayers' money more wisely, and the countries making such a gesture to each other should have known better than to offer translation as exotica that's only mashed spud. Hail Af-Pak!
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