WHY I WRITE: ESSAYS BY SAADAT HASAN MANTO


One of the greatest raconteurs of 20th century,
Saadat Hasan Manto declares that he was forced
to write when his wife routinely demanded
that he put bread on the table for the family. He doesn’t attribute any genius to his skills as a
writer and convinces his readers that the stories
tossed a salad. Equally, Manto treats his tryst
with Bollywood with disdain and unmasks the
cardboard lives of tinsel town when a horse is
painted to double up for a zebra or multiple fans
rotate to create a deluge. Two of Manto’s favourite
and recurring themes – women and Partition—
bizarre morality in the context of feminine
beauty and the futile presence of religiosity in
the creation of a nation he was to adopt later in
greatest writer, translated by well known author
and journalist, Aakar Patel showcases Saadat
Hasan Manto’s brilliance while dealing with life’s
most mundane things -- graveyards, bumming
from mythology – and a sharp dissection of what
ails the subcontinent even after 6 decades—Hindi
or Urdu, vile politicians and the hopelessness of
living under the shadow of fear.
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AuthorAAKAR PATEL
BindingKindle Edition
EISBN9789384030186
FormatKindle eBook
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages196
Product GroupeBooks
Publication Date2014-05-12
PublisherTranquebar
Release Date2014-06-01
StudioTranquebar
Sales Rank20090

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