Author: Rakhshanda Jalil
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187075910
This substantial collection of short stories by 12 foremost writers presents a sample of all that is good and noteworthy and also appeal to a reader encountering Urdu literature for the first time.
A Major language of the Asian subcontinent, Urdu has a rich and varied literary output. The Urdu short story had a late flowering, growing as it did under the shadow of Urdu poetry, especially the ghazal which for long remained the only true love of many Urdu speakers. The social and political upheavals of the 1920s and 1930s helped the short story come into its own and the Progressive Writers’ Movement gave it a focus and its first crop of extremely talented writers.
This substantial collection of short stories presents a sample of all that is good and noteworthy and also most likely to appeal to a reader encountering Urdu literature for the first time. Like all selections, it is governed by the editor’s personal choice, but every care has been taken that the stories in this selection stand on their own; they can be read simply as great stories, irrespective of language or cultural context. There is plenty here that an English-speaking reader will be able to relate to without the accompanying tools of either explanatory asides or footnotes.
Each new anthology that hits the stands brings fresh hope of providing something delightful that can transcend the label of regional literature or, worse, “literature in translation”. These very reliable translations of some of the finest writing in Urdu should enable readers not conversant with the nuances of Urdu to sample some of the fines stores by 12 foremost writers
Foreword by Qurratulain Hyder
The Secret of Civilization
Some Loving Portraits
Sunlight on the Staircase
About the Authors
About the Translators