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Beyond the Stars and Other Stories
Author: Qurratulain Hyder
Translated from Urdu by Fatima Rizvi
9789385606366 | PB | pp. 183 | 2021 | Women Unlimited
Now published for the first time in English, the 14 stories presented here offer a rare glimpse into the workings of a young writer’s imagination.
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Qurratulain Hyder wrote Beyond the Stars (Sitaron se Aage), an anthology of stories, while still in her late teens. Now published for the first time in English, the 14 stories presented here offer a rare glimpse into the workings of a young writer’s imagination. Hyder explores literary devices and techniques, and experiments with stream-of-consciousness. In these works, the author is found to be playful and sardonic, deeply reflective or wistful, but never predictable.
Her protagonists are a group of young college-going men and women in pre-Independence Lucknow, Mussoorie and Dehradun, who know that enormous changes are imminent in their privileged lives as WW II draws to a close and freedom from the British draws near. Hyder captures both the innocence and the piquancy of their situation in prose that was far ahead of its time. The book is steeped in modernity and is stunningly original.
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