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Contributor(s) Mehreen Ahmed
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Overview: The Blotted Line

The Blotted Line is a new collection of short stories by Queensland writer Mehreen Ahmed. It boasts of a deliberately cosmopolitan air and skillfully weaves the stories in the book through many different countries like Spain, Brisbane, Paris and Bangladesh. Reading this book will give you an overwhelming feeling of globetrotting will be a major mistake.

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The profound psychological insight with which Mehreen Ahmed underpins her characters is nothing less than extraordinary. With every single story, the reader will be moving to different geographical locations. There is also a thematic cohesion interlinking each of the seven stories that ultimately offers the satisfaction of reading a complete novel. The stories are certainly distinct, but they carry a deep meaning, as they explore issues about loss, trust, freedom and happiness.


For many `Of Note', the final story of the book will probably be the best read. The story is set in Canada and is about a refugee who has significant resonance for the country. The story has a political undertone but never makes it overtly prominent. This is certainly a very good example of Mehreen's admirable skill of storytelling. She brings together disparate geographical narratives all bearing a singular vision of the world of the future.

Riddled with foreign words from one cover to another, The Blotted Line can easily be termed as an international book of short stories. The universal issue of loss is one thematic link that weaves through the narratives and brings them together. Though all the stories have a unique plot and settings but in each of them the characters lose something extremely precious. This loss is not always in the sense of material possessions, but human values like trust, freedom or happiness is also there. The author has a natural fluidity in her writing that keeps the readers hooked to its pages. The Paperback edition of Blotted Line is published by Story Institute in English. The book has an ISBN 10: 0979445159 and an ISBN 13: 978-0979445156. Other notable works from the author include Jacaranda Blues and Opioid Dependence and Benzodiazepines. You can order it online and have it delivered at your doorstep.

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Language English
Publication Date February 27, 2013
Publisher Story Institute
Contributor(s) Mehreen Ahmed
Binding Paperback
Page Count 192
ISBN 10 0979445159
ISBN 13 9780979445156
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 268 grams
Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 1.1 cm x 22.9 cm
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  1.  The Blotted Line by Mehreen Ahmed 11 April, 2013 On
    The Blotted Line Mehreen Ahmed
    The Blotted Line is the new short story collection by Queensland writer Mehreen Ahmed. Boasting a deliberately cosmopolitan air, these tales weave their way skilfully through all parts of the globe, taking the reader to Spain, Brisbane, Paris and Bangladesh, just to name a few, and the overwhelming sense one gets on reading them is one of movement.

    But Ahmed is more than just a chronicler of geographic place names. The psychological insights underpinning each of her characters are profound. While the reader is, quite literally, transported to a different place story to story, there is a thematic cohesion that links each of the seven tales and makes for an overall satisfaction factor not unlike that of a novel. The seven distinct stories here relate to each other in meaningful ways – no small feat – exploring issues of loss, trust, freedom and happiness.

    If this were an album, the term ‘all killer, no filler’ might be invoked, as it’s difficult to pick a favourite. With a gun to his head, though, this writer would probably choose ‘Of Note’, which closes the collection. Set in Canada, this is the story of a refugee that has significant resonance for this country and its own attitudes to those fleeing persecution. Political without appearing overtly so, this story is a good example of Ahmed’s skill in bringing together disparate geographical narratives to bear on her singular vision of how the world should be, a noble pursuit if ever there was one.

    Tony McMahon
    Author of The Single Gentleman’s Dining Club
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