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For H.M. Naqvi, COVID-19 is a creative spur

Acclaimed Pakistani author pledges urgent completion of new work

Drawing as much on Allen Ginsberg as Salman Rushdie, Pakistani author H.M. Naqvi writes in the voice of a proudly dualistic citizen of the world, who cut his literary teeth not on Chaucer but on spontaneous slam poetry rapping sessions. (Courtesy of Abbas Agha) 

KARACHI -- If there is one bright spot amid the world’s COVID-19 lockdowns it is that solitary writers are finding the time, concentration and motivation to rush fresh literary creations into existence.

For acclaimed Pakistani author H.M. Naqvi, whose meticulous attention to prose style and broad social canvas led to a decade’s labor on each of his first two novels, the threat of mortality through viral contagion has prompted him to promise a new book within a year.

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