Four Dervishes

Paperback edition released 01/10/2021

by Hammad Rind

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LoveReading Expert Review of Four Dervishes

It's not only Rind's brand new novel, it's his debut, and Four Dervishes is as rich and rewarding a tale as you will read all year. Truly. It's magnificent.

Four Dervishes draws on a long tradition of storytelling as it skewers issues like religious bigotry, injustice, the denial of women’s rights, and class division. Lavishly inventive, verbally rich, an exotic confection, this novel is both darkly thematic and humorously playful.

Paul Blezard

Four Dervishes Synopsis

One monsoon night, a power cut forces a man full of disappointments on to the streets of the town. Sheltering in a cemetery he comes across four others – a grave digger, an aristocrat, an honourable criminal and a messiah – each with a past, and with a story to tell. Crimes have been committed, dark family secrets revealed, fortunes rise and fall, the varieties of love are explored, and new selves are discovered in a rich round of storytelling. And as the Disappointed Man discovers, a new story is about to begin…

Four Dervishes draws on a long tradition of storytelling as it skewers issues like religious bigotry, injustice, the denial of women’s rights, and class division. Lavishly inventive, verbally rich, an exotic confection, this novel is both darkly thematic and humorously playful.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781781726310
Publication date: 1st October 2021
Author: Hammad Rind
Publisher: Seren an imprint of Poetry Wales Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 184 pages
Primary Genre Literary Fiction
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Hammad Rind Press Reviews

“This novel arrives like the brightest comet, a dazzling work of art full of invention, playfulness and somewhat Chaucerian tale-telling, though this time told by fakirs in a far-off cemetery. Their ornate stories are full of mughals and caliphs, old kings and city black-outs, taking you to villages of sugarcane and to meet performers of dirges and various diverse djinns. This heady, compelling fusion of cultures – East meeting West – complete with oodles of social satire is a remarkable debut, no doubt about that. Imagine Italo Calvino came from Cardiff, was inspired by Indian-Persian poetry to re-conjure magical realism and you’ll just begin to get a sense of it. Easily the most remarkable work of fiction to come out of Wales in a thousand moons.” – Jon Gower

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Format: Paperback

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