Jamil Jan Kochai: The Haunting of Hajji Hotak & Other Stories
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 20:30-21:30
Session No: 251
Jamil Jan Kochai has already made a name for himself in the literary world. His 2019 debut 99 Nights in Logar was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His latest work, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, moves between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in America, examining the relationships between sons and fathers, the ghosts of war, and the personal toll endured by living history.
In this illuminating session, Jamil explains how he breathes life into his stories, exploring heritage and memory in the spiritual and physical lands his unforgettable characters inhabit.
Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, a 2022 National Book Award longlist selection, and 99 Nights in Logar, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. Currently, he is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.