- Imprint: Telegram
- ISBN: 9781846590245
- Published: March 2007
- UK Price: £8.99
- US Price: $14.95
- Format: 129 x 198 mm (B-format)
- Binding: Paperback
- Extent: 136pp
On the shores of Lake Como a man and woman talk about longing and belonging; a translator finds himself drawn into the personal and political turmoil of the poet he translates; a woman’s quiet world is eroded by World War II and the division of her country.
Charting the geographies of leave-taking and homecoming, the consolations and rivalries of friendship, adolescent yearnings and maturity’s tentative acceptance of longing, these exquisite stories engage with the grand narratives of our time.
'Profound, beautiful.' Ruth Padel
'Profound but low key; spiritual, but pragmatic; full of longing, but also acceptance.' Independent on Sunday
'Both disconcerting and alluring ... the further the reader travels into Hussein's landscape of erosion, the more potent his capacity to find beauty becomes.'
Times Literary Supplement
'Wonderfully evocative and readable.'