One of the titans of twentieth-century Hindi literature. Caravan, A young man from Jalandhar longs to become a writer but fails at every turn. Upendranath Ashk's 1947 novel explores in great detail the trials and tribulations of Chetan. From the back galis of Lahore and Jalandhar to Shimla's Scandal Point, Falling Walls offers a rich and intimate portrait of lower-middle-class life in the 1930s and the hurdles an aspiring writer must overcome to fulfill his ambitions.
About the Author
Upendranath Ashk, 1910 - 1996, was one of Hindi literature's best known and most controversial authors. Ashk was born in Jalandhar and spent the early part of his writing career as an Urdu author in Lahore. Encouraged by Premchand, he switched to Hindi and a few years before Partition, moved to Bombay, Delhi and finally Allahabad in 1948, where he spent the rest of his life. By the time of his death, Ashk's phenomenally large oeuvre spanned over a hundred volumes of fiction, poetry, memoir, criticism and translation. Ashk is perhaps best known for his six-volume novel cycle, Girti Divarein, or 'Falling walls' - an intensely detailed chronicle of the travails of a young Punjabi man attempting to become a writer which has earned the author comparisons to Marcel Proust. Ashk was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards during his lifetime for his masterful portrayal, by turns humorous and remarkably profound, of the everyday lives of ordinary people.
About the the translator
Daisy Rockwell is an artist and writer living in northern New England. She paints under the takhallus or alias, Lapata (Urdu for 'missing') and has shown her artwork widely. Rockwell holds a PhD in Hindi literature and has taught Hindi-Urdu and South Asian literature at a number of US universities. Apart from her essays on literature and art, she has written Upendranath Ashk - A Critical Biography, The Little Book of Terror, a book of paintings and essays on the global war on terror and the novel Taste. She has translated a collection of Ashk's short stories, Hats and Doctors, published in 2013 as a Penguin Modern Classic.