ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2005
By (author) Suhayl Saadi
Paperback edition of the critically acclaimed best-seller by one of Scotland’s most exciting and remarkable new authors. Short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2005. Set over one night, Psychoraag concerns the mindset of Zaf, a community radio DJ who finds the ghosts of his – and his family’s – past catching up with him during his last night on air. Spanning everything from his parents’ turbulent past in Pakistan to the relative merits of the Asian Dub Foundation, the novel is steeped in the experience of being a young Pakistani man growing up in urban Scotland. Psychoraag’s success reflects a growing Scottish interest in multicultural fiction. Scottish literature has not traditionally been known for its international vision or its optimism. But that’s changing with an emerging generation of Scottish writers with a broad and modern vision of their homeland.Although challenging, Saadi’s prose in Psychoraag – a triumphant blend of standard English with a distinctive urban Scots peppered with Urdu – is like a breath of fresh air within a literary scene which many consider to have become staid and predictable and with his debut novel flying up the charts, Saadi is proving to be a more than worthy adversary for the likes of Rankin and Martell.
Born in Yorkshire but now living in Glasgow, Suhayl Saadi is a novelist, poet and award-winning short-story writer.