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  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787303058
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

Other Names for Love




For readers of Damon Galgut, Brandon Taylor and J M Coetzee, an atmospheric story of love and violence in rural Pakistan from an exceptional new literary voice

Other Names for Love opens on a night train across the desert. Sixteen-year-old Fahad is travelling with his father Rafik to the family's farmlands, tamed from the jungle and now the source of their wealth and power. Fahad doesn't want to be there: he and the older man are not close; he is supposed to be in London with his mother, going to galleries and the theatre, and not to the end of the world.

But when he falls in love with a boy from the next village, Fahad's summer under duress becomes an experience that will shape the rest of his life.

This is a brilliant, intense, often heart-rending novel exploring unspoken desire and its consequences for a family and for a society run for and by men. Masterfully compressed, almost hallucinatory in its atmosphere, it is about exile, return, and memory; and about what it means to be a father and a son.

  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787303058
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Taymour Soomro

Taymour Soomro studied law at Cambridge University and Stanford Law School. He has worked as a corporate solicitor in London and Milan, a lecturer at a university in Karachi, an agricultural estate manager in rural Sindh and a publicist for a luxury fashion brand in London. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review. He has published a textbook on law with Oxford University Press, has written extensively for the Pakistani news media, and is the co-editor, with Deepa Anappara, of a creative writing handbook on fiction, race and culture forthcoming in 2023.

Praise for Other Names for Love

A twenty-first century variation of Turgenev's Fathers and Sons... Taymour Soomro is a thrilling new addition to international literature

YIYUN LI, author of Must I Go

This haunted, haunting novel is about the cruelties we commit in our search for freedom and the bonds from which we can never be free. Taymour Soomro's piercing insight is that both the freedom and the bonds are constituent of love

Garth Greenwell, author of CLEANNESS and WHAT BELONGS TO YOU

An exceptional novel about fathers and sons, desire and love, and the long reach of the past

SUNJEEV SAHOTA, author of China Room

A powerful, moving novel and an impressive debut

MOHSIN HAMID, author of Exit West

Spell-binding, like a song overheard in the night, one you follow like a map to the singer. Other Names For Love feels both new and ancient... A masterful debut

ALEXANDER CHEE, author of Queen of the Night

An elegant and affecting story about love... Other Names for Love probes the mystery of who we are by looking at the places (our homelands and wherever we flee to) and people (our parents and lovers) that forge us

RUMAAN ALAM, author of Leave the World Behind

Such a deftly told and evocative story of duty, masculinity and desire

KAMILA SHAMSIE, author of Home Fire

A beautiful novel on the desire to leave and the hope to remain, the need to find oneself among one's people and away from them

HISHAM MATAR, author of The Return

A compact book bursting with emotion, it leaves you eager for whatever this already vastly accomplished author will do next

Daily Mail

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