How to pronounce Daniyal Mueenuddin: The-nee-yaal Moo-ee-noo-deen
Daniyal Mueenuddin was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan and Elroy, Wisconsin. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, The Best American Short Stories 2008, and the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories 2010. He is the 2010 winner of The Story Prize, an annual book award for short story collections, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and the LA Times Book Prize. For a number of years he practiced law in New York. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab.
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Daniyal Mueenuddin talks about his life and his first collection of short stories In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.
For many years I have run a farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab. Most of the
stories in this book have their origins in my experiences there, and many were
written there. Half-Pakistani and half-American, I have spent equal amounts of
time in each country, and so, knowing both cultures well and belonging to both,
I equally belong to neither, look at both with an outsider's eye. These stories
are written from that place in between, written to help both me and my reader
bridge the gap.
My father was a graduate of Oxford, a member first of the Indian and then after Partition of the Pakistani civil service and, most fundamentally, a land owner of the old Punjabi feudal class. My American mother, a reporter with the Washington Post, met my father in Washington, where he was negotiating a treaty. She was twenty seven years younger than him. They married and soon after in 1960 moved back to Pakistan.
We lived in Lahore, where I attended the American School until I was thirteen, my classmates the children of westernized Pakistanis or of the few foreigners pursuing their...
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