Kingdom’s End  -  Selected Stories

Kingdom’s End - Selected Stories

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Author: Saadat Hasan Manto
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Khalid Hasan
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007/11
Language: English
Pages: 310
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143102182


The most widely read and the most translated writer in Urdu, Saadat Hasan Manto (1912–55) is also the most controversial: he was tried for obscenity no less than six times, both before and after the departure of the British from India in 1947.

Not always was he acquitted. In a writing career spanning over two decades, Manto, one of Urdu’s great stylists, produced a powerful and original body of work including short stories, a novel, radio plays, essays and film scripts.

This collection brings together some of Manto’s finest stories, ranging from his chilling recounting of the horrors of Partition to his portrayal of the underworld.

Writing with great feeling and empathy about the fallen and the rejects of society, Manto the supreme humanist shows how the essential goodness of people does not die even in the face of unimaginable suffering.

Powerful and deeply moving, these stories remain as relevant today as they were when they were first published more than half a century ago.

Khalid Hasan’s brilliant translation succeeds in capturing the intensity of Manto’s prose, the author’s sense of humour, no less than his razor-sharp vision.


Khalid Hasan, journalist, writer and translator, was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. He has translated most of Saadat Hasan Manto's work. He has also translated the stories of Ghulam Abbas and the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Khalid Hasan's own publications include Scorecard, Give Us Back Our Onions, The Umpire Strikes Back, Private View and Rearview Mirror.

He lives in Washington and is US correspondent of Daily Times and the Friday Times, Lahore.


‘Manto’s irony and humanity raise him on par with Gogol.’
--- Anita Desai in the Spectator



1. A Wet Afternoon
2. Toba Tek Singh
3. Colder Than Ice
4. The Assignment
5. Mozail
6. The Return
7. A Woman’s Life
8. Odour
9. Kingdom’s End
10. Upstairs Downstair’s
11. A Man of God
12. The Gift
13. The Room with the Bright Light
14. Siraj
15. The Wild Cactus
16. It Happened in 1919
17. The Woman in the Red Raincoat
18. The Dog of Titwal
19. The Last Salute
20. The New Constitution
21. Khushia
22. Babu Gopi Nath
23. Mummy
24. The Patch
25. The Blouse
26. On the Balcony
27. Two-Nation Theory
28. The Price of Freedom