|Biographical detail : ||A South Asian poet, novelist and critic in English language.
In his one novel about Pakistan, ‘The Murder of Aziz Khan’, a portrayal of rampant corruptions and social injustices that touched a deep chord, Zulfikar had such a powerful impact on Pakistani readership of the 1960s that they still remember him. He has produced extensive, varied and accomplished body of English language poetry, fiction and criticism.
His poems appeared in Oxford University Press pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English poetry and in the 1972 Penguin Modern Poets. Zulfikar married a Brazilian artist, in London, in 1964 and now mostly writes about South America. His trilogy, ‘The Incredible Brazilian’ remains a substantial work.
Before he left for the United States, in 1969, where he teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, Ghose worked as a journalist and wrote for London’s The Observer, The Guardian and The Times literary supplement.
In his eleventh novel, ‘The Triple Mirror of The Self’, Ghose, soft-spoken, informal man with a quite sense of humour, makes connection between South America and South Asia. His autobiography with a surreal tale of exile and migration across four continents revolves around the narrator’s quest for his core, his essential self and takes him backwards in time to Bombay and ultimately the Punjab.
Zulfikar Ghose was born in Sailkot, but his family moved to Bombay in 1942 where he grew up and after the partition of India he migrated along with his family to London in 1952.
His father Khwaja Muhammad Ghaus who frequented Europe on business trips changed his surname to Ghose because Europeans could not pronounce Ghaus.