The Collected Stories of Manto by Saadat Hasan (HB)


Author: Saadat Hasan Manto
Translated by Nasreen Rehman

9789390652778 | HB | pp. 548 | 2022 | Aleph Book Company

The Collected Stories of Manto by Saadat Hasan Manto brings together 54 stories and two essays about his time in Bomby and Poona in colonial India.

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Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955) needs no introduction. One of the greatest stars of Urdu literature, Manto published over twenty collections of short stories in a literary career spanning almost two decades. Several of these have been adapted into films and plays that have won a multitude of awards and his stories about the 1947 Partition remain some of the best accounts ever written on the catastrophic event.

This book is the first of a three-volume series which will contain all of Saadat Hasan Manto’s 255 known stories translated into English for the very first time. Volume I collects fifty-four stories and two essays written by Manto about his time in Bombay and Poona in colonial India. The anthology includes well-known stories like ‘Mummy’ and ‘Janki’, which provide rare insights into the Poona film industry; the fascinating story of ‘Babu Gopinath’; and ‘My Marriage’ and ‘My Sahib’, two essays that read almost like stories. These meticulous translations by award-winning writer and translator Nasreen Rehman, distil the aura that Manto creates of a time, a place, and a moment.


Saadat Hasan Manto
Translator: Nasreen Rehman




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About the Author

The author is a lapsed economist who worked in the private and public sectors in the UK and Pakistan before she turned to the arts and humanities. A historian of emotions and aesthetics, Nasreen is a translator, an activist, an academic, and an award-winning screenplay writer, who believes in the power of the arts to transform societies.

Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, she divides her time between South Asia and the UK.


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