Qurratulain Hyder and The River Of Fire : The Meaning Scope and Significance Of Her Legacy
Edited by Rakshanda Jalil
9789350021002 | HB | pp. 248 | 2011 | Aakar Books
Qurratulain Hyder and The River Of Fire is a collection of essays which revisit the legacy of this formidable writer of several varied works.
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With her aureole of crimson hair framing an intelligent aristocratic face shadowed by large, brooding thoughtful eyes, Qurratulain Hyder, or Aini Apa as she was fondly called, was a silent, daunting, almost haughty figure in public. In private, when she allowed the formidable persona to drop, she could be witty and inquisitive, girlishly loquacious and delightfully gossipy, warm and humane. Never much of a public speaker, she preferred to speak through her pen, her steady companion of over seven decades. A voracious and eclectic reader herself, her writing reflects not just all she learnt and absorbed from her prodigious learning but more importantly, the liberal, human, tolerant worldview that was as much the hallmark of her writing as it was of her personality.
This is a collection of essays,from a two-day international seminar of the same name organised in 2008, which dwell on this formidable persona.
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