By Zulfikar Ghose
Zulfikar Ghose has both ranked with and outranked several of the best English language writers in England and America." -Review of Contemporary Fiction
Layers of images captured in fractured time rather than a linear narrative of events, the core of experience illuminated by imagistic brilliance rather than told as a conventional story, reality as a resurrection of memory in which time past is a continuously assertive time present—these are some of the elements that form the style of Kensington Quartet, a novel in which the principal character could as well be London as its main protagonist Max who roams its parks associated with his successive loves, returning always to Kensington Gardens, until in the novel’s final sentence of nearly six-hundred words, its soaring and flowing rhythm not unlike a string quartet’s haunting concluding movement, he embraces all of London.
“Zulfikar Ghose is more than a novelist: he is a weaver of spells.” --Selina Hastings
Zulfikar Ghose is the author of thirteen novels that range in form from the conventional The Murder of Aziz Khan to the exuberantly experimental Hulme’s Investigations Into the Bogart Script, each composed in a language rich in poetic resonance that makes his fiction some of the most original being written today – as recognized by The Review of Contemporary Fiction devoting its Summer 1989 number to him (together with Milan Kundera). He has also published six volumes of poems, an autobiography, and six books of literary criticism. Born in Pakistan in 1935, he lived in London during the ’50s and ’60s, and has resided in Austin, Texas since 1969 when he immigrated to the USA on being invited to teach at the University of Texas. He is married to the Brazilian artist Helena de la Fontaine.