The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told


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Chosen and translated by author, editor and translator par excellence Muhammad Umar Memon, the twenty-five tales on this guide symbolize the best brief fiction in Urdu literature.
In his Introduction, Memon traces the evolution of the Urdu brief story from its origins within the work of writers like Munshi Premchand—‘the primary skilled brief story author in Urdu’—via the emergence of the Progressives
within the late Nineteen Thirties, whose writings had been unabashedly political and underpinned their Marxist ideologies, to the post-Independence ‘Modernist’ period, and immediately’s era of avant-garde, experimental writers of Urdu fiction.
Each story within the anthology illustrates one or the opposite side of the shape within the Urdu literary custom. However much more than for his or her formal approach and inventiveness, these tales have been included due to their energy and affect on the reader. Dying and poverty face off in Premchand’s masterpiece ‘The Shroud’. In Khalida Asghar’s ‘The Wagon’, a mysterious redness begins to cloak the sundown in a village by the Ravi. Behind closed doorways and cracks within the home windows lies need but in addition ‘a way of queer foreboding’ in Naiyer Masud’s ‘Obscure Domains of Concern and Need’. The tragedy and horror of Partition are dropped at life by Saadat Hasan Manto’s lunatic (in ‘Toba Tek Singh’) and the eponymous heroine of Rajinder Singh Bedi’s ‘Laajwanti’. Despairing, violent, passionate, humorous, ironic and profound—the fiction in The Best Urdu Tales Ever Informed will imprint itself indelibly in your thoughts.

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