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The Death of Sheherzad

The Death of Sheherzad Intizar Husain s stories often tread that twilightzone between fable and parable His narrativesare spun on an oriental loom Keki N DaruwallaA man scours the town he left fifty years ago for some littl

  • Title: The Death of Sheherzad
  • Author: Intizar Hussain Rakhshanda Jalil
  • ISBN: 9789351362876
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Intizar Husain s stories often tread that twilightzone between fable and parable His narrativesare spun on an oriental loom Keki N DaruwallaA man scours the town he left fifty years ago for some little evidence of past joys Javed, who s returned to Lahore from East Pakistan, won t speak of what he witnessed there An old woman boards a train full of dead ancestors Intizar Husain s stories often tread that twilightzone between fable and parable His narrativesare spun on an oriental loom Keki N DaruwallaA man scours the town he left fifty years ago for some little evidence of past joys Javed, who s returned to Lahore from East Pakistan, won t speak of what he witnessed there An old woman boards a train full of dead ancestors in her dreams A sage who cannot control his anger must seek out a butcher for redemption Mahaban, home of the monkeys once, is now a city full of human beings Sheherzad, who once told Emperor Shaharyar a thousand and one stories, is now an old woman who has forgotten her yarns of fantasy.The stories in The Death of Sheherzad ably represent IntizarHusain s oeuvre, defying narrative tradition and exploring the past, specifically Partition, as a means of unravelling the present He imaginatively revisits a syncretic, tolerantpluralistic past to analyse why the tide turned so irreversibly Questioning everything faith, violence, society Husain probes the horrors of Partition in a manner as oblique as it is trenchant Imbued with dark wit and literary brilliance, these stories at once shock, agitate and entertain.

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    1. Intizar Hussain Rakhshanda Jalil

      Intizar Hussain was an Urdu and English language Pakistani writer of short stories, novels, poetry, columns and non fiction.He belatedly saw worldwide recognition when he was shortlisted among 10 others for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013 and was awarded France s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres a year later He was one of the leading literary figures of Pakistan.He was given the highest literary award Kamal e Fun Award from Pakistan Academy of Letters in 1998 In 2007 he received the Pakistani civil award Sitara e Imtiaz and a lifetime achievement award at the Lahore Literary Festival in September 2014.

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    1. The book, titled as The Death of Sheherzad is a collection of fifteen short stories (with the title being one such short story in the book) written in Urdu by Intizar Husain originally in Urdu, translated by Rakshanda Jalil. We’re always told never to judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did in this case, I wanted to explore the literature of the neighbouring Pakistan, the write-up of the publisher seemed interesting and of course, cover of the book looked pretty and I couldnâ [...]


    2. I give up. I am sorry if this is blasphemous but that is as much as I can take of this book. I did not understand anything - the stories, the purpose of writing them, the message if any - nothing. Personally for me - the stories neither had a head or tail with a lot of mumbo jumbo that only those can understand who love Pulitzer aspiring writers.


    3. So many lives and dreams woven together in strings of words. Proves words can be mystical and stories a reflection of reality.


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