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MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI is a Pakistani writer who received critical acclaim for his translations The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Random House, 2007) and Afzal Ahmed Syed's selected Urdu poems, Rococo and Other Worlds (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). He has also written four novels -- of which the most recent, Between Clay and Dust, was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize -- and several books for children. He is currently writing another novel.