Cactus Town And Other Stories

Series nameShort Stories

In 2002, Oxford University Press published Aamer Hussein’s third collection of short stories entitled ‘Cactus Town and Other Stories’. From this collection, the following five short stories have been digitised: ‘Your Children’, ‘Karima’, ‘Electric Shadows’, ‘The Sound of Absence’ and ‘The Girl from Seoul’. The collection includes an introduction by renowned Pakistani writer and editor, Muneeza Shamsie, niece of the prolific writer Attia Hosain. In addition, the book contains an autobiographical after word entitled ‘This Day’s Work: The Story of My Stories’, which provides an insight into Aamer Hussein’s fiction, and the strength of the links he makes with his own life experiences in his writing.

Date of Creation / Publication2002
CreatorHussein, Aamer; Oxford University Press
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberAamer Hussein Collection (GB 2661 AAH)
Catalogue NumberAAH/SS/CT
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Aamer Hussein. The novels are published and are available from bookshops.
Series notesThis grouping contains a selection of eight short stories. Each story has been individually selected to represent the focal themes in Aamer Hussein’s work.
Collection notesAamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan in 1955. His father, Ahmed Hussein settled in Karachi, his family home, after completing his studies at Oxford and Aligarh in the early 1940s. He married Sabiha Malik, Aamer Hussein’s mother, in 1948.