Author: Intizar Husain
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172231768
One of the finest works by one of the finest writers of Urdu literature.
Regarded as classic, Basti is a touching account of the human denouement that followed partition, the division of the country - an event which been the most important episode in the history of the Indian subcontinent. It is the guiding experience of Intizaar Husain's creativity and a recurrent theme in his writings.
Frances Pritchett is Associate Professor of Modern Indian Languages at Columbia University, where she teaches Urdu and Hindi. In addition to translating, she has studied traditional prose genres like the Hindi/Urdu qissa and the Urdu dastan. She has also written about the classical Urdu ghazal - her most recent book is Nets of Awareness, Urdu Poetry and its Critics.