Man of Glass by Tabish Khair

Category: Poetry
Publishing: HarperCollins Publishers India

In the three sections of Man of Glass, Khair draws upon three writers from across centuries, cultures, literary genres and languages: Kalidasa and his fifth century Sanskrit play The Recognition Of  Shakuntala; Asadullah Khan Ghalib and his early nineteenth-century Urdu ghazals; and H.C. Andersen and his Danish ‘fairy tales’. Drawing subtly upon the past, Khair engages powerfully and movingly with many issues and events of vital concern to the reader today: immigration, Afghanistan, terror, love, loss, death, human duplicity, faith, prejudice, the Iraq War, genocide…