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The Short Form

“Obscure Domains of Fear and Desire”

Naiyer Masud


My long association with women and houses had given me the keen instincts of an animal. And now as I stood in the darkness, I peered about keenly just as an animal does. I took a deep breath. I was certain that the characteristic perfume emitted by ancient houses, which I’d begun to smell outside the door, would soon assail my nostrils. But this did not happen. And even though I knew it to be futile, I squinted into the darkness with such intesnity that my feautres must have surely looked frightening. In spite of this, I could not cut through the darkness.

We read it in Snake Catcher.

Co-translated by Muhammad Umar Memon with Javaid Qazi.