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I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it's easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest. It is also a difficult and challenging book to read Intizar Husain is considered by many as the most significant living fiction writer in Urdu. This novel is set against sectarian violence, both the violence of the partition and the violence of Intizar Husain. In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, in which groups of people come together to try to live together, and the universal question at the heart of the book is how to constitute a common world.

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I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it's easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest. It is also a difficult and challenging book to read Intizar Husain is considered by many as the most significant living fiction writer in Urdu.

This novel is set against sectarian violence, both the violence of the partition and the violence of Intizar Husain. In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, in which groups of people come together to try to live together, and the universal question at the heart of the book is how to constitute a common world.

What brings people together? What tears them apart? When the world was still all new, when the sky was fresh and the earth not yet soiled, when trees breathed through centuries and ages spoke around in the voices of birds, how astonished he was that everything was so new and yet looked so old so the book begins, with a mythic, even mystic, vision of harmony, as the hero, Zakir, looks back on his childhood in a subcontinent that had not yet been divided between Muslims and Hindus.

But Zakir is abruptly evicted from this paradise real or imagined into the maelstrom of history. The new country of Pakistan is born, separating him once and for all from the woman he loves, and in a jagged and jarring sequence of scenes we witness a n. Born in Dibai, Bulandshahr, in British-administered India, he migrated to Pakistan in and currently lives in Lahore. Besides Basti , he is the author of two other novels, Naya Gar The New House , which paints a picture of Pakistan during the ten-year dictatorship of the Islamic fundamentalist General Zia-ul-Haq, and Agay Sumandar Hai Beyond Is the Sea , which juxtaposes the spiraling urban violence of contemporary Karachi with a vision of the lost Islamic realm of al-Andalus.

Frances W. Pritchett has taught South Asian literature at Columbia University since Asif Farrukhi is a writer and a physician trained in public health.

He is a frequent contributor to the English-language press of Pakistan and the author of seven short-story collections, two essay collections, and a monograph on Intizar Husain. Basti New York Review Books classics.

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Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

While our office is shut down due to COVID, we encourage you to purchase this title through bookshop. Click here to order. Basti is a beautifully written reckoning with the tragic history of Pakistan. Basti means settlement, a common place, and Intizar Husain's extraordinary novel begins with a mythic, even mystic, vision of harmony between old and young, man and woman, Muslim and Hindu. Then Zakir, the hero, wakes to the modern world. Crowds gather.

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Basti is the great Pakistani novel, a beautifully written, brilliantly inventive reckoning with the violent history of a country whose turbulence, ambitions, and uncertainties increasingly concern the whole world. In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, in which groups of people come together to try to live together, and the universal question at the heart of the book is how to constitute a common world. What brings people together? What tears them apart? But Zakir is abruptly evicted from this paradise—real or imagined—into the maelstrom of history. The new country of Pakistan is born, separating him once and for all from the woman he loves, and in a jagged and jarring sequence of scenes we witness a nation and a psyche torn into existence only to be torn apart again and again by political, religious, economic, linguistic, personal, and sexual conflicts—in effect, a world of loneliness.

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Reviewed by Raza Rumi. The author, Intizar Husain, is perhaps the greatest living Urdu writer and his genius rightly deserves a wider audience than just readers of Urdu or Hindi fiction. However, the novel as a genre and as a kaleidoscope of society conveys a discreet vision of the world. The original Urdu novels are far more majestic than their translations. The Urdu short story has had a better deal in terms of translations, but the Urdu novel has largely been ignored.

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