Between Clay and Dust

In an old ruined city, emptied of most of its inhabitants, Ustad Ramzi, a famous wrestler past his prime, and Gohar Jan, a well-known courtesan whose kotha once attracted the wealthy and powerful, contemplate the former splendour of their lives and the ruthless currents of time and history that have swept them into oblivion.

Powerful and haunting, Between Clay and Dust is a triumph of storytelling and a poignant exploration of love, honour, redemption, and the strength that great souls find to go on when all is lost.

Available for the first time in Canada, Between Clay and Dust was a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Back Cover 2
Author Biography 3
Book Description 4
Half Title Page 7
Title Page 9
Copyright Page 10
Dedication 11
Inner City 13
Ustad Ramzi 17
Tamami 21
Gohar Jan 27
Unworthy Heir 31
Kotha 35
Malka 39
Coveting And Anxiety 45
Newcomer 51
Challenge 57
Disdain 61
Closure 65
Encounter 67
Rival 75
Strategy 83
Solitude 87
Visit 91
Return 97
Regimen 99
Loss 113
Rage 117
Rains 121
Defender 125
Donation 133
Taint 137
Dread 141
Pact 145
Defiance 149
Resolve 153
Sinking 159
Intermediary 161
Addict 177
Fixation and Hope 185
Sanctity 197
Reckoning 201
Reproach 203
Retirement 211
Changes 213
Strife 225
Passage 229
New Reckonings 231
Passing 235
Acknowledgements 240