Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi

by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi

Mirages of the Mind

Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi

Mirages of the Mind

Fiction by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi

Translated by Aftab AhmadMatt Reeck

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The first U.S. publication of Yousufi, who at 91 is quite possibly Pakistan’s most revered comedic writer. By way of a large volume of infinitely hilarious sketches, Mirages of the Mind tells the story of Indian Muslims who relocate to Pakistan — where Yousufi’s name is now synonymous with the very idea of literary humor.

—Jonathon Sturgeon, Flavorwire

A sprawling, gently satirical collection of linked tale within tales, Yousufi’s novel is a hymn to the chaotic lives of India’s Muslims…Rich with allusions to Western and Muslim culture, philosophical asides, and poetic couplets, Yousufi’s text brims with the collected wisdom of generations. He treats the persistent ache of nostalgia for a long-gone world with its only effective salve: laughter.

Publishers Weekly

We are lucky indeed to be living in the Yousufi era!

—Fareeha Bukhari, The Nation

Profoundly good-humored, genuinely wise, and very often laugh-out-loud funny.

—Nick DiMartino Shelf Awareness
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