Territory of Uncertainty: A collection of short stories and profiles
About this book
‘Territory of Uncertainty’ is a collection of longer and shorter stories, and a series of ‘Unreliable Country Profiles’. The stories are written in the first person and this may give the impression that they are autobiographical but they are not. Undeniably they each contain elements of truth.
The opening story, ‘Asansol’, may appear disconcertingly odd. Mr. A is a complex composite character, but he is my starting point, a person who really did come into my railway compartment in India and said only one word – Asansol. This was a place I’d never heard of, and I’ve never been there, though I must have passed through it on the train.
The various introductions provide me with an opportunity outside the context of the stories, but their inclusion is an essential part of the book – like short worthy detours on a long enjoyable journey.
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