Story: ‘The Peacock and the Angel’ by Aamer Hussein

photo by Andreas Krappweis

Aamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi, but spent his early teens at a high school in the mountains of South India, before moving to London, aged 15, in 1970. All three countries have influenced his fiction.

A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Aamer Hussein abandoned a research degree to begin writing fiction in the 80s. His first book, Mirror to the Sun (1993), included several  fictions that had been previously anthologised.

Four collections of stories followed, most recently Insomnia (2007). He has also published two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011). Recent stories have appeared in Granta, Moth, The New Statesman and Asymptote. He is working on his first collection in Urdu (his mother tongue).

Aamer Hussein is currently Professorial Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton.



The Peacock and the Angel

by Aamer Hussein

© Aamer Hussein

‘The Peacock and the Angel’ comes from Aamer’s collection Insomnia, published by Telegram Books in 2007.


With thanks to the publisher and author for allowing us to reprint this story.

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