Sunlight On a Broken Column

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Author: Attia Hosain

9780143066484 | PB | pp. 318 | 1988 | Penguin

Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather’s house by orthodox aunts who keep purdah.During the 1930’s, as the struggle for Indian independence intensifies, Laila is surrounded by relatives and university friends caught up in politics.Her own fight for independence is a struggle against the claustrophobia of traditional life, from which she can only break away when she falls in love with a man whom her family has not chosen for her.

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Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather’s house by orthodox aunts who keep purdah. At fifteen she moves to the home of a liberal but autocratic uncle in Lucknow. Here, during the 1930’s, as the struggle for Indian independence intensifies, Laila is surrounded by relatives and university friends caught up in politics. But Laila is unable to commit herself to any cause: her own fight for independence is a struggle against the claustrophobia of traditional life, from which she can only break away when she falls in love with a man whom her family has not chosen for her. First published in 1961, this has remained a classic on Muslim life.

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Author:

Attia Hosain

ISBN:

9780143066484

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

318

Year of Publication:

1988

Publisher:

Penguin

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Attia Hosain (1913–1998) was a British-Indian novelist, author, writer, broadcaster, journalist and actor.She was a pioneering woman of letters and a classic diasporic writer.

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