Cover Photo: An illustration of the author in silhouette against a stained glass window, beyond which is the night sky on fire
Illustration by Sara Wong for Catapult

The Smell of Notre Dame Burning

This smell of Notre Dame burning was the smell of books older than all our lives—on fire.

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Tariq Hoosen is a South African writer. His debut novel, Call it a difficult night, was published by Deep South Books in 2015. His work has appeared on the Ploughshares Blog, and in Bare Fiction, Plume, Illuminations, Rolling Stone South Africa, The Missing Slate, and others. His work mainly deals with questions of the body, the senses, violence, and folklore.