Fireflies in the Mist

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Author: Qurratulain Hyder

9788188965526 | PB | pp. 378 | 2018 | Women Unlimited

Ambitious, subtle and intricately structured, Fireflies in the Mist spans nearly four decades of East Bengal`s history, from the dawn of nationalism to the restless aftermath of the bloody struggle for an independent Bangladesh.

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Ambitious, subtle and intricately structured, Fireflies in the Mist spans nearly four decades of East Bengal’s history, from the dawn of nationalism to the restless aftermath of the bloody struggle for an independent Bangladesh.

At the heart of this novel, hailed by The New York Review of Books as “magisterial with a technical resourcefulness rarely seen before in Urdu fiction,” is Deepali Sarkar. A young Hindu, she is attracted to the extreme left wing of the nationalist movement, and to Rehan Ahmed, a Muslim radical of Marxist inclinations who introduces her to the life of the rural deprived. Their common political engagement draws them into a quietly doomed love affair. Through their relationship, Hyder explores the growth of tension between Bengal’s Hindus and Muslims who had once shared a culture and a history. History, says Hyder, is another name for humanity’s inability to learn its lesson.

Lit by the flare of Hyder’s prose, history is captured in the glow of the firefly’s wing, unfolding in the lives of her characters as they try to come to terms with their own and Bengal`s shifting fortunes.

Author:

Qurratulain Hyder

ISBN:

9788188965526

Publisher

Women Unlimited, Speaking Tiger

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

378

Year of Publication:

2018

Edition:

Second

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Qurratulain Hyder was an influential Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer, an academic, and a journalist. One of the most outstanding 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 a pioneer of Urdu short story writing Sajjad Haidar Yildarim (1880–1943). Her mother, Nazar Zahra, who wrote at first as Bint-i-Nazrul Baqar and later as Nazar Sajjad Hyder (1894–1967), was also a novelist and protegee of Muhammadi Begam and her husband Syed Mumtaz Ali, who published her first novel.

She received the 1967 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for Patjhar Ki Awaz (Short stories), 1989 Jnanpith Award for Akhir-e-Shab Ke Humsafar, and the highest award of the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1994. She also received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India in 2005

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