Fireflies in the Mist
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.
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