The Goat-Spy Letters

01 January 2011

ON A FAR-OFF, undiscovered isle the true False Messiah, the End-of-Times Deceiver, the One-Eyed, Dajjal aka Antichrist awaits his foretold advent before Doomsday to declare his kingdom on earth and convert men to his evil faith. His agent, the goat-spy Jassasa, has been sent on the ultimate mission: to identify the designated land where Dajjal must appear. Jassasa has searched for it all over, from the conservative lands of the American Midwest to the war zones of Africa. His long and tiring search ends now, upon arrival in Pakistan. At this point, he must stage manage his Master’s arrival and initiate him into the customs of the designated land.

Dear Master,

As an exercise in political pulse-taking I recently made a clandestine visit to a much maligned peace activist and servant of science who is kept under solitary confinement here. He will be, if there’s any justice in the world, given a double Nobel for Peace and Physics next year.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of The Story of a Widow and translator of The Adventures of Amir Hamza and Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism. His collection of children’s fiction The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man is forthcoming, as is his serial novel, The Goat-Spy Letters.

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