The Women’s Courtyard

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Author : Khadija Mastur
Translation by Daisy Rockwell

9780670091362 | PB | pp. 352 | 2018 | Penguin Modern Classics

The Women’s Courtyard cleverly brings into focus the claustrophobic lives of women whose entire existence was circumscribed by the four walls of their homes, and for whom the outside world remained an inaccessible dream.

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Aliya lives a life confined to the inner courtyard of her home with her older sister and irritable mother, while the men of the family throw themselves into the political movements of the day. She is tormented by the petty squabbles of the household and dreams of educating herself and venturing into the wider world. But Aliya must endure many trials before she achieves her goals, though at what personal cost?

Set in the 1940s, with Partition looming on the horizon, The Women’s Courtyard cleverly brings into focus the claustrophobic lives of women whose entire existence was circumscribed by the four walls of their homes, and for whom the outside world remained an inaccessible dream. Daisy Rockwell’s elegant and nuanced translation captures the poignance and power of Khadija Mastur’s inimitable voice.

Additional information

Author:

Khadija Mastur

ISBN:

9780670091362

Publisher:

Penguin Modern Classics

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

352

Year of Publication:

2018

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Khadija Mastur (1927-82) was a renowned and award-winning Urdu writer from Pakistan, famous for her novels and short stories. She is best remembered for novel Aangan, published in Penguin Classics as The Women’s Courtyard.

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