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Published: 28 January 2013
Aamer Hussein and fellow-panellists

Novelist and Professorial Fellow Aamer Hussein has been making the news in Pakistan, with a series of talks, readings and events on the status and future of Urdu literature and practices of translation.

After speaking on the translation and growing international status of Urdu literature at the World Urdu Conference (Arts Council, Karachi) ,
Aamer also discussed his own fiction and the distinct processes of writing in English and Urdu with poets Fahmida Riaz and Fatima Hassan at a lively event at Karachi’s T2F café.

In January, Aamer joined writers and translators in launching the latest issue of Asymptote, an exciting new journal dedicated to literary translation, of which Aamer is an editor. The launch, which took place at the Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad, was followed by a series of events in Beijing, Barcelona, Berlin, Taipei, Singapore, Chicago and New York to celebrate the journal’s second birthday. While in Islamabad, Aamer also gave a reading at one of the capital's arts venues, Kuch Khas.

Aamer is currently completing two collection of stories, Maya aur Hans in Urdu, and The Man from Beni Mora: New and Selected Stories in English.

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