In Four Dervishes, Hammad Rind takes the dastan, an ornate form of oral history, and creates a social satire with elements of magic realism. Set in the near East, it is a journey to understanding through layers of storytelling. Dark family secrets are laid bare, crimes committed, unknown links between a father and a son revealed, and the cycle – the circularity – of life is confirmed. All because a power failure forces the narrator to confront his present circumstances.
‘A fine, supercharged piece of work which sends writing from Wales rocketing in a new direction and is its own fireworks display of ideas and language. It’s a bravura display.’ – Jon Gower