Author: Mushirul Hasan
Editor: Mushirul Hasan / M Asaduddin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019566261X
Now in paperback edition, this comprehensive anthology of short stories explores Muslim lives and inter-community relationship in the Indian subcontinent. By sensitizing readers to the multicultural reality of Muslim society it effectively dismantles the notion of a homogenized and inalienable Muslim identity and experience, a notation that does not take into account the complex and lived realities of India's more than 100 million Muslims.
Selected from at least twelve Indian languages, the short stories in this volume cover almost the entire twentieth century, and include writers like Saratchandra Chatterjee, Premchand, Ismat Chughtai, Vaikom M Basheer, N S Madhavan, Anand and Jayanta De, Ashfaq Ahmad, Abdul Bismillah, Fakir M Katpadi and Thoppil M Meeran.
An authentic social document, this volume will appeal to the general reader as well as historians and those interested in Indian literature.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
The anthology is rich in stylistic variety ranging from the simple traditional linear narratives, through psychological realism to post-modern self-reflectivity and even magic realism.
The introduction of the book is extremely enriching as it enables the readers to contextualize the stories in their proper historical settings.
- The Statesman