Saama: innocents in Asia

April 2018:  A new non-fiction book published this month is Saama, describing an overland trip to India in 1974.  (Please see the Non-Fiction page for more details.)

Based on a diary I kept at the time, this is a portrait of an arrogant young man having the stuffing knocked out of him.  The photographs and drawings include one of the author sprawled on a bed in a Kathmandu flop-house with a silly spaced out smile that now reminds me of Alfred E.Neumann in ‘Mad’ magazine. For all that, it’s a poignant book. This is a girl I encountered in a backstreet in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghan girl herat

Author: The Editor

Novelist and essayist Based in Scotland, UK

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