A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, TRANSLATED FROM THE URDU, BY A WRITER CONSIDERED THE SUBCONTINENT'S GREATEST SHORT STORY WRITER. THIS EXCELLENT TRANSLATION HAS BEEN VARIOUSLY DESCRIBED AS 'MEMORABLE' (SALMAN RUSHDIE), 'AN ESTATE OF MANY MANSIONS' (FARRUKH DHONDY), 'IMPRESSIVE' (ANITA DESAI). ALL THE TRANSLATORS UNVARYINGLY CALL MANTO THE SUBCONTINENT'S FINEST MODERN SHORT STORY WRITER. FOR CONTENTS SEE OVER>>>> CONTENTS: TOBA TEK SINGH; THE DOG OF TITWAL; THE LAST SALUTE; THE RETURN; DOING GOD'S WORK; IT HAPPENED IN 1919; THE PRICE OF FREEDOM; THE WOMAN IN THE RED COAT; THE NEW CONSTITUTION; FREE FOR ALL; MOZAIL; THE ASSIGNMENT; COLDER THAN ICE; THE DUTIFUL DAUGHTER; THREE SIMPLE STATEMENTS; BABU GOPI NATH; A QUESTION OF HOUOUR; THE ROOM WITH THE BRIGHT LIGHT; A MAN OF GOD; MUMMY; THE WILD CACTUS; BY THE ROADSIDE; KINGDOM'S END; AFTERWORD: UNCLE MANTO'S DEATH.
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Born in what is now the Indian state of Punjab, the Urdu writer Manto (1912-55) lived by his pen as journalist, essayist, screenwriter; his continuing popularity in his homeland, however, rests on more than 200 short stories, many revolving around the central event of his generationthe departure of the English overlords in 1947 and the Partition of the subcontinent into hostile states, Hindu and Muslim. Bombay, where Manto spent much of his working life, is the scene of many of his stories, about drifters, drinkers, gamblers and other marginal types. But historic events provide the tension, as in "It Happened in 1919," when Gandhi was denied freedom of movement, a despotic act that triggered bloody rioting in that year, and in the bizarre, caustic "Toba Tek Singh," where the inmates of lunatic asylums are exchanged, each to the appropriate nation, depending on religion, adding to the general madness of Partition. Manto sometimes displays a weakness for tricky devices, as in the self-indulgent title story, where an odd love affair of strangers takes place entirelyfrom accidental inception to fatal conclusionon the telephone. There's no denying Manto's talent for vivid description and narrative momentum, yet the relative remoteness of the Partition in time, place and culture will probably continue to deny his work a sizable Western audience.
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