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VINTAGE CHUGHTAI:
A SELECTION OF HER BEST STORIES
Ismat Chughtai
Translated from the original Urdu by Tahira Naqvi

Rs 350 Pb 2013
978-81-88965-22-9
(All rights available)


In this selection of stories from one of Urdu’s best and boldest feminist writers we move through the chawls, havelis, mosques and villages of India, meeting characters from all classes of society. Here there is the want, resignation and ambition of the poor, the arrogance of the rich, the pain of women still tied to traditional notions of subservience to men, and the bankruptcy of a declining feudal world.

Chughtai brilliantly exposes the hypocrisies of a society with a progressive fašade that is still caught in the binds of conservative opinion and traditional mores and values.

 
ISMAT CHUGHTAI
is the author of several collections of short stories, three novellas, a novel, The Crooked Line, a collection of reminiscences and essays, My Friend, My Enemy, and a memoir, Kaghazi Hai Perahan (The Paper-thin Garment). She co-produced and co-directed six films, and produced a further six independently.

TAHIRA NAQVI
is a translator, writer and Urdu language lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has translated the works of Sa’dat Hasan Manto, Munshi Premchand, Khadija Mastoor and Ismat Chughtai into English.


 
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