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Intizar Hussain has 58 books on Goodreads with ratings. Intizar Hussain’s most popular book is Basti. Published November 15th by The New York Review of Books (first published ) Intizar Hussain was a prominent Urdu writer, this book is an English. Intizar Hussain BOOKS. Sort On. Publishing Date, Title, Author Name. KHAWABOON KAY MUSAFIR ^ – خوابوں کے مسافر. By:INTIZAR HUSSAIN DRAMA.

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I don’t mean that politics or history are sidestepped – rather the opposite, we are inside them in a way that makes it impossible to look down on the situation from above. Not a beach read, more like a book I’d recommend reading as part nitizar a modern Asian history class with a teacher that can give more context and flesh out the symbolism as well as the literary and cultural references that make up so much of the book.

Intizar Hussain, Pakistan’s ‘greatest fiction writer’, dies at 92

Asher Abhimanyu Unnuth This novel follows a young man from his childhood in pre-Partition India, to his first years in Pakistan following his family’s emigration, to the tumultuous years of war and the formation of Bangladesh. He migrated to the newly formed Pakistan in — husasin experience he wrote about 50 years later in The First Morning. In the meantime, the dazzling artistry of Basti itself gives us reason to hope against hope. Intizar Hussain was an Urdu and English language Pakistani writer of short stories, novels, poetry, columns and non-fiction.

I can only speak about the English translation and it read in a clean way, i. Telegraph Culture Books Authors.

Intizar Hussain, Pakistan’s ‘greatest fiction writer’, dies at 92

To ask other readers questions about Bastiplease sign up. However, as an English-language reader, I found something stilting about the pace and flow of the book.


Srinivasa IyengarK. This book reads like a creation myth, and when it’s the creation hooks the state of Pakistan, you’d better pay some attention, and be prepared to get a bit depressed.

Zakir wanders between the events of his present day, reminiscing about the past, and then, as the book goes on, into dreams and visions, retellings of myths and history that blend into each other so seamlessly that you’re not sure you’ve departed from the here and now until suddenly you’re in intizsr tow I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it’s easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest.

As other readers have previously mentioned, the main ihtizar fluctuates from present to past memories, intertwined with – sometimes complex – mythological hussai historical fragments. I sincerely hope to learn Urdu and come back to this to get back what I have lost today.

Hence – if you get the book you just get it and if you are like me, you’ll want to finish it at the earliest. At some point, it only made sense for me to continue reading it if I did some deeper research on the turmoiled history between India and Pakistan.

But love is the bridge; friendship ignores religious differences and nation-state boundaries entirely. It’s a story of place, from Lahore, Delhi, Dhaka, and others to Rupnagar and Vyaspur, imagined villages central to the sorrows of this story. The novel is filled with symbology and analogies, some are brilliant and some were confusing. But I don’t have that with the Partition. A short story about the partition and the waiting for war. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr it was already afternoon Sep 30, Zanna rated it really liked it.


When the earth slips out from under your feet, that’s when it really surrounds you. While this book wasn’t completely terrible by any means, it was a slog to get through and the writing style was jarring to say the least.

Loaded with Manicheist imagery of father vs. Return to Book Page.

RaghavanMahadevi Varma The rapid changes between first and third person were a bit of an irritant and parts of it were hussaij stream of consciousness that I found repetitious. But it got just too scattered and weird for me as it progressed.

Dec 26, Ming rated it it was ok. But I don’t want to talk about the book, not really.

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Mourning an Urdu literary icon”. This book is about a boy, Zahir who moves from India to Pakistan leaving his love behind. And three husszin deprive the earth of peace: That’s how it usually is. Candidate for the Great Pakistani novel. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

For more booke, see Wikipedia: Finding a publisher with a longer novel was usually very difficult, so while I have written many novels, the short story was the form I found very useful and turned to frequently. In all that the individual stories are most haunting. Jan 31, Carly rated it it was ok. And then he dies.