Memories of Madness - Stories of 1947

Memories of Madness - Stories of 1947

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Author: Khushwant Singh
Bhisham Sahni/Saadat Hasan Manto
Compilor: Khushwant Singh, Bhisham Sahni and Saadat Hasan Ma
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 524
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143028634

Description

Independence for India, in 1947, came with a price: division on the basis of religion. In the communal riots that followed, hundreds of thousands were killed and millions rendered homeless. And the tragic legacy of Partition haunts the subcontinent even today. Memories of Madness brings together works by three leading writers who witnessed the insanity of those months.

Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh’s debut novel, tells the story of a village in Punjab, Mano Majra, where Muslims and Sikhs have co-existed peacefully, till one night in 1947, when a ghost train arrives from across the new border, bearing corpses of butchered refugees, As mistrust grows into hate and the people of Mano Majra lose their humanity, it is left to an outcast, a Sikh dacoit in love with a Muslim girl, to avert another carnage.

Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas is a harrowing portrait of a small frontier town in the grip of communal frenzy. Based on the author’s own experience of riots in Rawalpindi, this celebrated novel describes the murder and mayhem triggered off by the discovery of a pig’s carcass outside a mosque.

The matchless stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, the greatest short story writer in the Urdu language, round of this collection. In addition to his most famous story, Toba Tek Singh, the selection includes ten other sketches and stories in which Manto turns his unflinching gaze on history’s criminals, victims and unlikely heroes.

As moving as they are disturbing, the stories in this volume are of immense relevance in these times, for they constitute a chilling reminder of the consequences of communal politics.

Contents

Train to Pakistan

Tamas

Stories

Mishtake Colder than Ice

The Return

A Tale of 1947

Mozail

Bitter Harvest

A Believer’s Version

The Assignment

Wages

The Last Salute

Toba Tek Singh