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Pasha Malla

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The award-winning author Pasha Malla discusses his new novel, Fugue States (Knopf, 2017), masculinity, immigrant fiction, writing, and more, with Joseph Planta.


Fugue States by Pasha Malla (Knopf, 2017).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Fugue States


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Pasha Malla joins me now. His new novel Fugue States has just been published. In the book, Ash, a young man who hosts a literary radio program, is grieving the death of his father. With his best friend, Matt, they embark on a journey from here to Kashmir, India. Ash finds a half-completed work of fiction of his fathers, and Matt and Ash proceed to his father’s ancestral home. There are many themes in this book, ones I’ll discuss with Mr. Malla. The idea of looking for ones roots, the relationship between father and son, the close bond of friendship between guys and the narrative that yields. I’ll ask Pasha Malla about what he might want the reader to think about, as well as what he’s thinking about having written this book. Pasha Malla is the award-winning writer of the acclaimed short story collection The Withdrawal Method, which received a number of awards including the Trillium Book Award. His first novel, People Park was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. He has received the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction and two National Newspaper Awards. Fugue States is published by Knopf. He lives in Toronto, but joined me from here in Vancouver last week while in town for an appearance. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Pasha Malla; Mr. Malla, good morning.

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