Author: C M Naim
Translator: C M Naim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019566258 X
Now in paper back edition, Zikr-I Mir is a rare autobiographical narrative, in Persian, of Mir Muhammad Taqi Mir (1723-1810), one of the finest ghazal poets in Urdu. Mir led a rich professional life, as a poet and courtier, in Delhi and Lucknow during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and, although his autobiography is unconventional in its organization, it nevertheless throws interesting light on the values that governed the life of a member of the Muslim elite at that time.
This is the first English translation of this major text, extensively annotated, and preceded by a general introduction. The translators also used Appendices to fill in the gaps in Mir's account, drawing on other writings by Mir and his peers. It will be great interest to all scholars of Urdu and Persian literature as well as to student of the social and cultural history of pre-modern north India.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
If translation and criticism are mutually enlightening processes, then Naim's book is a fitting testimony. He is a translator of impeccable credentials.
- Indian Review of Books