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By Ralph Russell,Marion Molteno

For many of us, Urdu is indelibly linked to a bygone period: the cultural renaissance of the eighteenth and 19th centuries within the face of colonial oppression, heady mushairas and romantic poetry. For others, it brings to brain the gritty prose of the revolutionary Writers portraying the bleak social realities of the mid-twentieth century.

In this luminous selection of Urdu poetry and prose, Ralph Russell expands our international of Urdu letters to incorporate people and oral narratives, along with prose and poetry. through situating every one shape traditionally, he offers us a fresh point of view at the various literary cultures and histories of India.

Besides canonical brief tales by way of the likes of Manto and Premchand, there's Ismat Chughtai’s a little-known autobiographical essay approximately her courting together with her brother, the author Azim Beg Chughtai. There are production stories from the Quran, well known tales of Akbar and Birbal, in addition to the mythical exploits of Sikandar (Alexander the Great). decisions from the elegant poetry of Mir, Ghalib and others are supplemented by way of astute remark and roman transcriptions of the unique Urdu. Farhatullah Beg’s brilliantly imagined account of the ‘last Delhi mushaira’ captures a second in time by no means visible back, with the horrors of 1857 simply round the corner.

An obtainable creation for surprising readers, and a pleasant spouse for these conversant in Urdu literature, this quantity is a treasure trove of reports, poetry and background. initially released as Hidden within the Lute(1995), this revised variation has been edited through Russell’s pupil and friendfor numerous years, the novelist Marion Molteno.

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