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    Bitter Fruit:V Best of Manto (English, Paperback, Saadat Hasan Manto)

    Bitter Fruit:V Best of Manto  (English, Paperback, Saadat Hasan Manto)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780143102175, 0143102176
    • Edition: 01, 2009
    • Pages: 736
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    Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto is a selection of some of the best and diverse works of the acclaimed Urdu writer. It is edited and translated by Khalid Hasan.

    Summary of the Book

    Widely renowned as the best short story writer in Urdu, Manto’s stories were mostly written against the milieu of the Partition. Bitter Fruit presents the best collection of Manto’s writings, from his short stories, plays and sketches, to portraits of cinema artists, a few pieces on himself, and his letters to Uncle Sam – which have references to communism, Russia, politics after the Partition and his own financial condition. The concluding section of the book has acknowledgements and reminiscences from Saadat’s friends and relatives. Bitter Fruit includes stories like A Wet Afternoon, The Return, A Believer’s Version, Toba Tek Singh, Colder Than Ice, The Assignment, Odour, By The Roadside, Bribing The Almighty, The Kingdom’s End, The Woman In The Red Raincoat, The Room With The Bright Light, The Great Divide, The Angel, Siraj, An Old Fashioned Man, The Price Of Freedom, It Happened In 1919, The Girl From Delhi, A Man Of God, Free For All, and A Tale Of 1947. There is a collection of sketches too. Manto used to write radio plays and this book has one of the dramas he penned, called In This Vortex. His short stories bring out the most delicate nuances of human nature.

    About the Authors

    Saadat Hasan Manto is widely known mostly for his short stories. He was born in Punjab’s Ludhiana district in the year 1912. He spent most of his childhood in Amritsar and finished his schooling there. Manto was always keenly interested in Western literature. He translated a few works of writers like Anton Chekhov, Victor Hugo, and Oscar Wilde into Urdu. While he was at the Aligarh Muslim University, doing his graduation, he joined the Indian Progressive Writers Association, which gave an encouragement to his passion of writing. Manto published his first collection of Urdu short stories in 1936. He then worked as an editor for a film magazine for a few years in Bombay, and got acquainted with many film personalities. Manto moved to Lahore after the Partition and eventually his career became hindered by financial woes. He took to consuming inexpensive alcohol, and passed away due to liver cirrhosis in the year 1955. Some of his most notable books are Naked Voices Stories & Sketches, Stars From Another Sky, Mottled Dawn, For Freedom's Sake: Selected Stories and Sketches, and Partition: Sketches and Stories.

    Khalid Hasan was a famous Pakistani author, writer and journalist. He was born in 1935, in Srinagar, Kashmir.  His writings were chiefly political and social. He was also a translator, who translated the most famous works of several Pakistani writers into English, particularly those of Saadat Hasan Manto. He started his career as a journalist with the Pakistan Times. Upon being beckoned by the former Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Khalid joined him as his Press Secretary. He then worked as a freelance journalist and correspondent for several publications and news agencies across the world. He passed away in 2009 in Washington. Some of Khalid’s famous works include Private View, A Mug’s game, The Crocodiles are Here to Swim, Question Time, and The Umpire Strikes Back.

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    • Imprint
      • Penguin Global
    • Publication Year
      • 2009 August
    Contributors
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      • Saadat Hasan Manto
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 1.65 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 8.52 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 1.49 inch
    • Weight
      • 1.53 Pounds (US)
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    5

    Fantastic Writer

    This is my first Manto's book and it has been a fantastic read. I can strongly argue, he is among the best short story writer that I have read. His famous sarcastic story "Toba Tek Singh" has the finest meaning of Partition in life of common people.

    His simple way of writing with a touch of sarcasm is unmatched. His collection " Letter to uncle Sam" is also included in this book, which you will enjoy reading.

    This book takes you to a journey of human life after the Partition. The underst...
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    Sandipan Choudhuri

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    The book strikes a deep chord

    The book has short stories and poems beautifully structured that jerk you back to the reality and poignant brutality of colonial and post colonial India.
    Some pieces make your skin tingle with the simple eloquence with which the violence of that period have been described. Others will surely wring tears because the author has the uncanny knack of placing himself with respect to his subjects much like a master photographer seeks to get the best composition.
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    Nupur D'souza

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    23 Mar, 2012

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    5

    Mind-blowing purchase

    A very good read
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    Sharik Mushtaq

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    Excelllent

    Excellent..one of the best works of modern era..
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    Reetabrata Ghosh

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    22 Jul, 2017

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    Pretty good

    A mustread for thohose who want to dig deep in the problem of India-Pak partition. Also taste of short stories are always something heavenly.
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    Mainak Ghosh

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    12 Jun, 2017

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    my review

    A good book for one of the greatest short story writers, arguably the O henry of Asia. The book is a decent collection of short stories with decent translation into English. the best part being memoirs and character sketches of Manto. Its fascinating indeed.
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    saugata giri

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    11 Jan, 2016

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    Interesting read

    Manto writes some of the most brilliant short stories. Stories that'll keep you thinking about the characters and situations even after you're done reading them.

    His stories about the partition are quite extraordinary, a must read!
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    Varun Hala

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    10 Mar, 2014

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    Exceptional and absorbing writing

    Sadat Hasan Manto is one exceptional writer, not only in Urdu but in any language he is the best.

    The stories are unforgettable, some times make u shiver and awake whole night for the horrendous experience of partion and its effect.
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    Indranil Bhattacherjee

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    16 Jan, 2014

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    THE best book I've ever read in my life...

    If you want to know about the period during partition/independence, this book paints a vivid and chillingly real picture of the days... Excellent stories. Special mention to Khalid Hassan who translated this book from the original Urdu one. Although they say meaning is lost in translation, not with this book though....

    MUST read!
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