Fireflies in the mist:Introduction by Aamer Hussein

Fireflies in the mist:Introduction by Aamer Hussein (English, Paperback, Qurratulain Hyder)


Fireflies in the mist:Introduction by Aamer Hussein  (English, Paperback, Qurratulain Hyder)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Women Unlimited
    • ISBN: 9788188965526, 8188965529
    • Edition: 01, 2008
    • Pages: 378
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    The plaintive song of the boatman on the Padma, a green haze of rice fields turning to gold in the light of the setting sun, the romance of Bengal caught and held in the silvery net of a fisherman's haul
    Ambitious, subtle and intricately structured, Firfeflies in the Mist spans nearly four decades of East Bengal's history, from the dawn of nationalism to the restless aftermath of the bloody struggle for an independent Bangladesh.
    At the centre of this many-centred novel is Deepali Sarkar, a young Hindu attracted to the extreme left wing of the nationalist movement, and Rehan Ahmed, a Muslim radical of Marxist inclinations who introduced her to the life of the rural deprived. Their common political engagement drawn them into a quietly doomed love affair. Through their relationship, Hyder explores the growth of tension between Bengal's Hindus and Muslims who had once shared a culture and a history.
    "History," says Hyder, "is another name for humanity's inability to learn its lesson." Lit by the flare of Hyder's prose, history is captured in the glow of the firefly's wing, unfolding in the lives of her characters as they try to come to terms with their own and Bengal's shifting fortunes.
    About Author :
    Qurratulain Hyder is one of Urdu's greatest fiction writer's her published work consists of four collections of short stories, five novels and several novellas. She was a journalist, scriptwriter and broadcaster with BBC, as well as Producer Emeritus, AIR, and copywriter for an advertising agency.
    She was awarded the Padma Shri, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the prestigious Jnanpith, in 1989, for this novel.
    Contents :
    Part I
    1. Caledonia
    2. The Golden Album
    3. Lotus River
    4. Song of the Padma Boatman
    5. Typhoon Uma
    6. Woodland
    7. The Rev. Paul Mathew Bannerjee
    8. A Sari for Virgin Mary
    9. The New Testament
    10. Cloudland
    11. The Ayah
    12. Lily Cottage
    13. Wandering Minstrel
    14. Miss Rosie Bannerjee and Solidarity
    15. The Cloud Messenger
    16. The Sunderbans
    Part II
    17. Arjumand Manzil
    18. The Nightmare
    19. Monsoon Melody
    20. Song of the Seasons
    21. Quit India and People's War
    22. The Rebel
    23. Ganga and Brahmaputra
    24. Charles Barlow, Bengal Civillian
    25. Comrade Rehan Ahmed
    26. The Muezzin's Call
    27. Jehan Ara Begum
    28. Cow-dust Hour
    29. Shrimati Radhika Sanyal
    30. Luna's Grove
    31. The Bridal Palanquin
    32. Kamal and Akmal
    Part III
    33. Birds of Paradise
    34. Esther Giribala Bannerjee
    35. Yasmin Belmont, Dark Dancer
    36. Pilot Officer Akmal Murshidzada
    37. The Pacifist
    38. Good Luck Diary
    39. Scheherezade Christina Belmont
    40. Swami Atmananda Shanker Premi
    41. The Playhouse
    42. Victorious Morning Star
    43. Richard Barlow
    44. The Weavers
    45. The Kite-flier
    46. Old Ganga
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    • 2008
    • Qurratulain Hyder
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