Angarey: 9 Stories and a Play, authored by Sajjad Zahir, Ahmed Ali, Rashid Jahan and Mahmuduzzafar, is a brilliant collection of thought-provoking short stories.
Summary of the Book
Angarey was first published in the year 1932, but it happened to be one of the first books to have been banned on free speech in the country then, by the British Government of India. It was then re-published in 1995 in Urdu. The book had stories that reflected the hard truths and had no mercy on pretense or sham, which could have evoked the protests back then. But it is now published in English for the first time, after being translated sensibly and sensitively. It will bring to you some of the most evocative stories like A Night of Mahavatt, The Clouds Don’t Come and The Winter Rain that belonged to the beginning of Progressive Writers Movement in the twentieth century.
About the Authors
Sajjad Zaheer was a famous Urdu poet, Marxist thinker, writer and dramatist. He completed his studies in Law at the Oxford University. His translation works include Othello, Gora, The Prophet and Candide. Some of his famous works are London Ki Ek Raat, Roshnai, Zikre Hafiz and Pighla Nilam.
Ahmed Ali was a renowned poet, translator, diplomat, novelist and scholar. He and Mahmud-uz-Zaffar formed the League of Progressive Authors which later expanded and became the All-India Progressive Writers’ Association. Ahmed Ali is the author of Twilight in Delhi.
Rashid Jahan was a famous Urdu writer. She was known for her progressive and groundbreaking short stories. Rashid was also involved with the Communist Party of India. She dies in Moscow. She is the author of Dilli Ki Sair.
Mahmuduzzafar had graduated from Oxford and came back to India in the year 1931 as he had turned out to be an active nationalist. He wrote the play called Amir Ka Mahal in Urdu.
A terrible read!
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