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Featured Fiction: Happiness And Other Disorders by Ahmad Saidullah

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Featured Fiction: Happiness And Other Disorders by Ahmad Saidullah

Key Porter, 2007

About the book:
In “Vatan and the Cow,” an old man whose son has married out of his religion is forced to go on a pilgrimage to a holy place in the foothills of the Himalayas, only to return home empty handed and broken in spirit. In “Flight to Egypt,” an unnamed man flees for Bombay after assassinating a politician during a religious riot in western India. “The Guest” is the haunting story of a woman whose musical madness reveals a peculiarly Scottish slant. And “Happiness and Other Disorders” is a comic account of the editor’s back problems written in a unique run-on style.

Beautifully crafted and remarkably layered, Happiness and Other Disorders offers astonishing portraits of characters and societies torn apart by violence and oppression. Ahmad Saidullah displays a brilliant command over a complex range of narrative styles in this highly original debut collection.

About the author:
Ahmad Saidullah was born in Ottawa, Ontario, grew up in India, and now lives in Canada. His writings have been published in Academic Matters, Altar Magazine, Blackbird, EnRoute, L Magazine, Gowanus, The Quarterly Conversation, The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, and on CBC Radio One. Although he began writing fiction in 2004, his short stories have already garnered many honours. CBC Literary Awards jurors Catherine Bush, Anne Collins, and Eden Robinson praised his award-winning short story, “Happiness and Other Disorders,” for its “idiosyncrasy, humour, and empathetic breadth.” The short story, “Flight to Egypt,” was a finalist in Drunken Boat’s Pan Literary Awards, and “The Sadness of Snakes” was longlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize. He was also named a New Voice in Fiction by New York’s L Magazine. He is working on a novel.

Read more about Happiness and Other Disorders at the Key Porter website.