In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

by Daniyal Mueenuddin

In the spirit of Joyce’s Dubliners and Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Sketches, Daniyal Mueenuddin’s collection of linked stories illuminates a place and a people through an examination of the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in the countryside outside of Lahore,Pakistan.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 247 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.74 out of 5
  • Published January 5th 2009 by W. W. Norton
  • Original Title: In Other Rooms
  • Other Wonders
  • ISBN: 0393068005 (ISBN13: 9780393068009)
  • Edition Language: English
  • URL: Go To Website
  • Literary Awards: O. Henry Award for 'A Spoiled Man' (2010)
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation Award (2010)
  • The Story Prize (2009)
  • The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Nominee (2010)
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in South Asia and Europe (2010) ...more National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (2009)
  • DSC Prize Nominee for South Asian Literature for Longlist (2011)...less

In the spirit of Joyce’s Dubliners and Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Sketches, Daniyal Mueenuddin’s collection of linked stories illuminates a place and a people through an examination of the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in the countryside outside of Lahore, Pakistan. An aging feudal landlord’s household staff, the villagers who depend on his favor, and a network of relations near and far who have sought their fortune in the cities confront the advantages and constraints of station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change. Mueenuddin bares – at times humorously, at times tragically – the complexities of Pakistani class and culture and presents a vivid picture of a time and a place, of the old powers and the new, as the Pakistani feudal order is undermined and transformed.