Hira Mandi

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Author: Claudine Le Tourneur D’Ison
Translated from the French by Priyanka Jhijaria

9788186939543 | PB | pp.167 | 2012 | Roli Books

Hira Mandi by Claudine Le Tourneur D’Ison is a powerful exploration of human resilience, societal complexities, and the interplay between personal struggles and historical events.

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Hira Mandi, a novel by Claudine Le Tourneur D’Ison, delves into the intricate lives of women in Lahore’s red-light district, offering a poignant narrative of survival and struggle. The story revolves around Shanwaz Nadeem, the son of a courtesan, Naseem, and serves as a mirror reflecting Pakistan’s tumultuous history. Through Shanwaz’s journey, the novel captures the essence of Pakistan’s evolution, from the trauma of Partition to the changing political landscape marked by figures like Bhutto and Zia.

The novel portrays the stark realities of Hira Mandi, where young girls are initiated into singing, dancing, and sex work at a tender age, highlighting the harsh truths of their existence. Le Tourneur D’Ison skillfully weaves a narrative that not only explores the lives of these women but also delves into the broader socio-political context of Pakistan. The book vividly depicts the struggles, aspirations, and vulnerabilities of the women in the district, offering a nuanced portrayal of their world.

Moreover, Hira Mandi stands out for its detailed depiction of the district and its inhabitants, providing a window into recent Pakistani history. The author’s ability to capture the essence of Hira Mandi and its transformation over time adds depth to the narrative, making it a compelling read. Despite some discomforting portrayals, especially concerning young girls and their initiation into the profession, the novel shines a light on the resilience and bonds among the women in the face of adversity.

In essence, Hira Mandi by Claudine Le Tourneur D’Ison is a powerful exploration of human resilience, societal complexities, and the interplay between personal struggles and historical events. It offers a compelling narrative that not only sheds light on the lives of women in a marginalized community but also serves as a poignant reflection of Pakistan’s tumultuous past and present.

Sources:
[1] https://www.everand.com/book/497518782/Hira-Mandi
[2] https://www.womensweb.in/articles/hira-mandi-claudine-tourneur/
[3] https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/vikram-kapur/tales-from-hira-mandi/article2927560.ece
[4] https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/13563476

Author:

Claudine Le Tourneur D'Ison
Translated from the French by Priyanka Jhijaria

ISBN:

9788186939543

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

167

Year of Publication:

2012

Publisher:

Roli Books

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Claudine Le Tourneur D’Ison became a freelance journalist after studying Literature, History of Art, and Egyptology in Paris. She works for the French media and television, and has published twelve books, biographies, travel books, and novels.

We have not been able to find a bio for Priyanka Jhijaria, but will update this space as soon as we find one.

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