Fiction

The Moth Emporium

It had been five years since I went into the costume shop. It was only a few blocks away from my mother’s house, but I always hurried my pace when I walked past... Read more

Reading List

‘When I saw the sea after many months it was such a meeting’ A while ago I took my boyfriend up north, to spend a weekend in the seaside town I grew up in. We ... Read more

‘Writing fiction is a form of travel’

Five Dials reached Mohsin Hamid via Skype in his home in Lahore. The connection from British Columbia to Pakistan was not perfect, so after the interview was done, transcribed and edited, Mohsin looked over the text again. Because of all the sections... Read more

Tristram Shandy

Rewriting is not only a way of appropriating a text, of adopting and endorsing it, it’s also the best, most exact, most alert, most certain way of reading it.

The Time

The idea of actually killing had never been in my consciousness before, except as grand abstraction, but things changed rapidly in those first days of rubble and mayhem; there came a point, in the state of heightened alertness that simply being alive... Read more

How The Light Gets In

If you really want to encourage people to read literature, you’re better off adding a certain mystique. Because the secret the writer is faced with, the secret of language and of reality, is shared by the reader.

Walking Urge

I’ve heard people say that in your dreams you can never have any control over the light. And that if you want to know for sure whether or not you’re dreaming, you have to try turning the light off or on.

A Small Planet

When you move house, you move the stuff with you. Beneath a few notebooks and rubber bands, there’s a letter from a former lover. You no longer see each other.