Beyond the Stars and Other Stories

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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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Author:

Qurratulain Hyder
Translated from Urdu by Fatima Rizvi

ISBN:

9789385606366

Publisher:

Women Unlimited

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

183

Year of Publication:

2021

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Qurratulain Hyder (20 January 1927 – 21 August 2007) was an Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer, an academic, and a journalist. One of the most outstanding and influential literary names in Urdu literature, she is best known for her magnum opus, Aag Ka Darya (River of Fire), a novel first published in Urdu in 1959, from Lahore, Pakistan, that stretches from the 4th century BC to post partition of India.Popularly known as “Ainee Apa” among her friends and admirers, she was the daughter of writer and pioneers of Urdu short story writing Sajjad Haidar Yildarim (1880–1943).
Fatima Rizvi is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Modern European Languages at the University of Lucknow. Her areas of interest include post-colonial literature, and literature in translation and adaptation, with a specialisation in Urdu literature in translation.

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