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The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told : A Book of Profiles Selected And Translated By Writer, Editor And Translator Par Excellence Muhammad Umar Memon, The Twenty Five Stories In This Book Represent The Finest Short Fiction In Urdu Literature In His Introduction, Memon Traces The Evolution Of The Urdu Short Story From Its Origins In The Work Of Writers Like Munshi Premchand The First Professional Short Story Writer In Urdu Through The Emergence Of The Progressives In The Late 1930s, Whose Writings Were Unabashedly Political And Underpinned Their Marxist Ideologies, To The Post Independence Modernist Era, And Today S Generation Of Avant Garde, Experimental Writers Of Urdu Fiction Every Story In The Anthology Illustrates One Or The Other Facet Of The Form In The Urdu Literary Tradition But Even Than For Their Formal Technique And Inventiveness, These Stories Have Been Included Because Of Their Power And Impact On The Reader Death And Poverty Face Off In Premchand S Masterpiece The Shroud In Khalida Asghar S The Wagon, A Mysterious Redness Begins To Cloak The Sunset In A Village By The Ravi Behind Closed Doors And Cracks In The Windows Lies Desire But Also A Sense Of Queer Foreboding In Naiyer Masud S Obscure Domains Of Fear And Desire The Tragedy And Horror Of Partition Are Brought To Life By Saadat Hasan Manto S Lunatic In Toba Tek Singh And The Eponymous Heroine Of Rajinder Singh Bedi S Laajwanti Despairing, Violent, Passionate, Humorous, Ironic And Profound The Fiction In The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told Will Imprint Itself Indelibly On Your Mind M U Memon Is A Translator Without Parallel And This Book, Which Brings Together The Best Of Short Fiction In The Literary Urdu Tradition, Is Sure To Be Classic This Collection Spans The Entire Spectrum Of The Urdu Literary Tradition From Premchand, Who Is Considered The First Urdu Short Story Writer, To Contemporary Writers Like S M Ashraf And Tassaduq Sohail In The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told, You Will Find Much Loved Gems Like Premchand S Kafan , Rajinder Singh Bedi S Laajwanti , Saadat Hasan Manto S Toba Tek Singh As Well As New Classics Like Sajid Rashid S Fable Of A Severed Head And Anwer Khan S The Pose This Book Is Part Of A Continuing Series That Gave Us The Highly Popular The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told.

10 thoughts on “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told : A Book of Profiles

  1. says:

    The greatest Urdu stories ever told is one of the finest and rare short story collections I have ever read Every story in the anthology illustrates one or the other facet of life like death, fear, desire and poverty.The stories are unique and exceptional and the fine translations by Muhammad Umar Memon make the experience of reading pleasurable I don t know the Urdu language so it is my golden opportunity to read the stories in the language I understand The twenty five stories are the finest short fiction of Urdu literature.The book is one of those you will cherish reading and would like to re read the stories It is one of those rare gems of literature you don t want to miss having in your vast collection of books adorning your bookshelf This is undeniably a ...

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    Short stories are my all time favourite The obvious reason being their short length and their power to captivate the reader so quickly While it usually takes us 10 15 pages to get into a novel, the short story often miraculously leaves us mesmerized within that span of pages I got this book about 4 5 months ago and I had been making my way through the anthology slowly and slowly, enjoying one story at a time.The anthology has 25 stories in all And each of the 25 stories in this anthology is a gem The book opens with an introduction by the editor where he acquaints the reader with the history of Urdu fiction short stories, to be specific The Urdu fiction belongs to a realm that has hitherto remained in darkness for most of the English readers, unless someone already has an interest in it.This anthology throws light on this world of Urdu fiction which has numberless pieces of writing to boast of These translations, although very smooth, can only give us an estimate of the real beauty of Urdu prose I enjoyed each and every story in the collection Each story was like a unique experience to me.The stories in the collection come from all the spheres of life There s a sense of longing in most of the stories While reading some stories, I found my self to be mourning the loss of a harmonious and loving world that went missing during the partition and was never found perhaps no one made an atte...

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    This review was first published in The Era I Lived In Please head to the blog for a detailed review.I believe this book deserves to be read and talked about widely because of a number of reasons you can read the details on my blog 1 It s a beautiful book with a gorgeous cover and inspiring prose.2 The book opens doors to the history of Urdu literary fiction.3 The translation from Urdu has been done keeping in mind that the reader has little to no knowledge of Urdu The stories have retained their magic charm in the translated version.4 The anthology is a kaleidoscope of emotions that surprise with their timeless freshness.5 Despite 25 stories of varying lengths portr...

  4. says:

    there are some very fine stories here there are also some that felt like a slog i think the translations were quite good not in the sense of fidelity, since i could hardly judge that, but in the sense that they felt very natural, attentive, and finely wrought i would certainly recommend th...

  5. says:

    Brilliant

  6. says:

    This book is beautiful I m sure some of the beauty has also been lost in translation but it s still lovely Especially when it comes to learning about what culture really used to be like.

  7. says:

    Mid read reviewA few stories later I realised almost all the stories are very glum, and dark Famous authors and good storytelling but left me depressed.Will soldier on and update my review again.

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