Pork & Other Stories
In Halal Pork and Other Stories, Kaan projects an
avant garde, post 9/11 world, from the perspective of a young
Muslim New Yorker. It’s a place where Coney Island meets
Mars; where hijabi girls are punk rock dervishes; where identity
salesmen count pigeons at insane asylums as a cream cheese
conspiracy brews in gitmo; where rich boys pay to be Muslim
for a day; where the transgendered are holy; and where the
bacon is halal. Kaan offers up five urban Sufi tales in the
swirling graffiti of Brooklyn.
to the hip and edgy and vibrant world of Halal Pork &
Other Stories, a postcolonial feast where, as the title
implies, contradictions reign, the figurative is made literal,
stolen homelands are bought back and not fought over, and
a Coney Island circus star, garbed in a space suit and known
for her levitating act, is none other than the prophetess
from another planet. These five, witty stories serve up a
refreshing crash course on identity, diaspora, dispossession,
and on the not-so-distant future full of alien-human hybrid
forms seeking their way to a place of solace, grief, or limbo.
An impressive debut."
do you mean you'd never even thought about reading Tatar Turkish
Russian Muslim immigrant Brooklyn post-colonial sci-fi punk-rock
short fiction before? After you've finished Cihan Kaan's Halal
Pork and Other Stories, you'll realize how ridiculously
narrow-minded you must have been. Irreverent, urgent, funny
and refreshingly unpredictable, Kaan entertains and instructs
in devious and delightful ways."
Kaan was born in Texas on a Transcendental
Meditation commune and raised in Brooklyn. He is a writer,
filmmaker, and musician.
$16.95 (s) paper
8.4" x 5.4", 142 pages
Distributed for UpSet Press.