One Drop of Blood: The Story of Karbala

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Author: Ismat Chughtai
Translated by Tahira Naqvi

9789385606250 | PB | pp. 440 | 2020 | Women Unlimited

One Drop of Blood: The Story of Karbala by Ismat Chughtai, her last novel, is based on the 680 AD battle Imam Hussain fought against Yazid, the reigning Caliph.

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In 1972, at the age of 61, Ismat Chughtai wrote Ek Qatra-e-Khoon (One Drop of Blood), her last novel, 357 pages long and her final literary work; it was based, in her own words, on the marsiyas or elegies, of Mir Anis, one of the greatest marsiya writers of the nineteenth century (1802-1874), Ismat’s subject is the 680 AD battle fought in Karbala, in present-day Iraq, in which the small army of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, clashes with the mighty forces of Yazid, the reigning Caliph.

This novel was so different from her other novels that it was met with a lot of resistance to being published. Here like in other instances, Ismat Chugtai rebelled against the notion of writing a novel on the Karbala. The only other work that compared to Ek Qatra-e-Khoon was Premchand’s Karbala.

The horror of Ali Asgarh’s martyrdom had left a deep impression on Ismat Chugtai as a child. In the marsiyas she found a heartbreaking story. Moved by what Imam Hussain had gone through she poured the sorrow he felt into the creation of this work.

Author:

Ismat Chughtai
Translator: Tahira Naqvi

ISBN:

9789385606250

Pages:

440

Binding:

Paperback

Year of Publication:

2020

Publisher:

Women Unlimited

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Ismat Chughtai is the author of several collections of short stories, three novellas, a novel, The Crooked Line, a collection of reminiscences and essays, My Friend, My Enemy, and a memoir, Kaghazi Hai Perahan (The Paper-thin Garment). She produced and co-directed six films, and produced a further six independently.

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