Basti has ratings and 42 reviews. Zanna said: My first and last journey with her. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Basti by Intizar Husain. : Basti (New York Review Books Classics) (): Intizar Husain, Frances W. Pritchett, Asif Farrukhi: Books.

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Pakistan must own the FATF project. Beautifully translated into Spanish by Pariente de Carranza.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

I want a careful balance: And I read this because a character in The Siege of Krishnapur said, “you have to be very careful thrashing a Hindu, George, because they have very weak chests and you can kill them Confusing – I didn’t get on with the style, and think I would have got more out of this if I’d been more familiar with the India-Pakistan war of Refresh and try again. This is the bastk difficult question to answer but it must start with the language of the text which sets the story up as both creation myth and prelude to the Fall of Man.

See, there are a few things I know a great deal about, or pretend I do. I am walking on flies. The complete review ‘s Review:. By the late part of the novel, when the war has broken out, Zakir takes to writing a diary, and the entries drift between the present, history and myth—as though the only way to understand or express the moment is by reaching back to stories that carry the weight of centuries.


Rupagnar is abandoned, but remains the Zakir’s lost home; moving to a new ly created state demands new allegiances, badti Zakir always remains torn.

However, the novel as a genre and as intizad kaleidoscope of society conveys a discreet vision of the world. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature.

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Huwain Manto laid bare the ugliness of and its immediate, brutish aftermath with the urgency of a field surgeon, Intizar Husain probes those wounds ever so gingerly, peeling away layers from old memories to reveal wounds that have still not healed and may never heal, at least not in his life time.

He felt he was not reading slogans, but walking on flies. Inauguration ceremony of Mohmand dam postponed. This book is poignant and at times wrenching. View all 5 comments. Unfortunately that love never had the opportunity to develop and so there is an overwhelming sense of longing throughout the majority of this book. And what does Intizar Hussain do?

I know who was weak.

Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience. Not given to holding forth on intizag subject, least of all his own writings, his world view or his compulsions as a writer, Intizar sahab prefers to be a quiet observer contributing little to the conversation that eddies and flows about him, even when the conversation is about him or his craft as a story teller.


A rough, comradely, affectionate term of address used among male peers. This madness has to stop, at bxsti stage as cultures of the severed provinces are exactly the same. Batin ka gham, siraf sharab hi mita sakti hei.

In any conventional story, the ending would be precisely that moment of turning—a moment in which the novelist chooses if the story is romance or tragedy. But Zakir is abruptly evicted from this paradise—real or imagined—into the maelstrom of history.

They are the keys to their house in India. Even when cities are left behind, they don’t stay behind. Such a writer is Intizar Hussain; such a novel is Basti. Mar 05, Aaron Typographical Era rated it liked it Shelves: I want to talk about me Intizar Husain — Mohammad Danish Khan. Of course, the iintizar creative writing teacher would tell students that there is only one rule of writing: