Jamil Jan Kochai

Finalist, 2022 National Book Awards

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of the short story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories and 99 Nights in Logar, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories

ISBN 9780593297193 Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Pen/Hemingway finalist Jamil Jan Kochai ​breathes life into his contemporary Afghan characters, moving between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in America. More about this book >

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Jamil Jan Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of the short story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories and 99 Nights in Logar, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories. His essays have been published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Kochai was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. Currently, he is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

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