River of Fire

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Author: Qurratulain Hyder

9789385606007 | PB | pp. 448 | 2019 | Women Unlimited

River of fire is considered one of the classics of Urdu literature.This novel offers a broad sweep of Indian history, covering literally thousands of years. Characters reappear in different guises but with the same names in episodes from different times.

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The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction, Qurratulain Hyder’s River of Fire encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia. These characters become crisscrossed and strangely inseparable over different eras, forming and reforming their relationships in romance and war, in possession and dispossession. River of Fire interweaves parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, forming a rich tapestry of history and human emotions and redefining Indian identity. But above all, it’s a unique pleasure to read Hyder’s singular prose style: “Lyrical and witty, occasionally idiosyncratic, it is always alluring and allusive: Flora Annie Steel and E. M. Forster encounter classical Urdu poets; Eliot and Virginia Woolf meet Faiz Ahmed Faiz” (The Times Literary Supplement).

Additional information

Author:

Qurratulain Hyder

ISBN:

9789385606007

Publisher:

Women Unlimited

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

448

Year of Publication:

2019

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author (1926-2007) is widely regarded as the grande dame of Urdu literature. To her fans and admirers she is popularly known as “Ainee Apa.” The Prime Minister of India said at her funeral, “With her unfortunate passing, the country has lost a towering literary figure.”

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