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Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant

Hoshang Merchant and Akshaya K. Rath


Never a shrinking violet, Hoshang Merchant came out of the closet early in his youth. A bard, a teacher, and a lover who has lived many lives, he is the quintessential gay who once cross-dressed, and yet defies gender categorization. In Secret Writings, he recounts his extraordinary life and splendid experiences ranging across countries and cultures. His is a story of the prejudice and neglect that are part of everyday gay life, and how he channelled his despair into creating poetry. He quotes Rumi, Ghalib, and Mir, and writes with searing honesty about his long and short love affairs, his ‘im ... More

Keywords: Hoshang Merchant, literature, autobiography, sexualities, matriarchy, queer, gay lexicon, neo-colonialism, dysfunctional families, revolution and sexualities in the Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199465965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hoshang Merchant, author
Teacher and writer, University of Hyderabad, India

Akshaya K. Rath, editor
Teacher, department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

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