My Name is Radha: The Essential Manto (Used)


Author: Saadat Hasan Manto
Translated by Muhammad Umar Memon

9780143441694 | PB | pp. 496 | 2015 | Penguin Random House India | Used

My Name is Radha is a precise and elegant translation of work by Saadat Hasan Manto showing his genius as a writer.

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A bohemian and an iconoclast, the figure of Saadat Hasan Manto looms large over the literature of the Indian subcontinent. We know of his stories on the horrors of Partition and the struggles of prostitutes. But neither Partition nor prostitution gave birth to the genius of Manto. They only furnished him with an occasion to reveal the truth of the human condition.

My Name Is Radha is a path-breaking edition of stories which delves deep into Manto’s creative world and refreshingly brings into focus Manto the writer rather than Manto the commentator. Muhammad Umar Memon’s inspired selection of Manto’s best-known stories along with those less talked about and his precise and elegant translation showcase an astonishing writer being true to his calling.

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Saadat Hasan Manto
Translator: Muhammad Umar Memon







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Penguin Random House India




Used, excellent condition

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About the Contributors

The author is the most widely read and most controversial short story writer in Urdu. A pre-eminent practitioner of the genre, he produced twenty-two collections of short stories. He was born in 1912 in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.

Muhammad Umar Memon is professor emeritus of Urdu literature and Islamic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a critic, short-story writer, translator and editor of the Annual of Urdu Studies. He has translated the best of Urdu writers. He recently translated Collected Stories, a selection of stories by Naiyer Masud.


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