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Manto (English, Paperback, Manto Saadat Hasan)

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Manto  (English, Paperback, Manto Saadat Hasan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9788184001440, 8184001444
    • Pages: 173
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    Manto: Selected Short Stories, translated by Aatish Taseer, is a brilliant collection of Manto’s best short stories that were originally penned in Urdu.

    Summary of the Book

    Manto: Selected Short Stories presents some of the best short stories written by the master storyteller. It includes his masterpieces: Toba Tek Singh and The Dog of Tetval. The publication of this collection could not have been timed better, as it is Manto’s centennial. His stories have enduring relevance, which makes them timeless. The characters from his stories will remain with you forever. Most of his works were written against the background of the Partition, but ultimately they transcended all boundaries, bringing out humanism in the end. Aatish Taseer has captured the sensitivities and lyricism of Manto’s voice in Urdu, by beautifully bringing the stories in English for a larger audience.

    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.

    Aatish Taseer was associated with Time as a reporter. He has also written for the Sunday Times, Prospect, the Financial Times, the Sunday Telegraph, TAR Magazine and Esquire. He has authored the book Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands. Aatish’s novel, The Temple-Goers, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2010. His second novel is Noon, which was published recently. Aatish’s works have been translated into more than ten different languages.

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    • 198 mm
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    • 129 mm
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    A must read

    The introduction of the book explains the dilemma of the translator and reasons he chose literal translation. I prefer a literal translation of a storyteller like Manto.

    The stories touch a chord with every human and are something you would like to read again and again. The stories themselves are so powerful that while reading one doesn't seem to notice or judge the translation. However from translated work earlier read I do feel it is a good work of translation.
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    Ekta Singla

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    Old indeed is gold!

    The book is a classic, much like the Author. Read all the stories in the book only to read them once again. The language is intelligent and the stories truly challenge our civic wisdom. Whether or not you belong to India or Pakistan, any work of Manto is bound to intrigue you! As far as this particular book, one of the best collections! Happy Reading :)
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    Neha Joshi

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    Bad translation.

    An excellent collection of stories but poor translation, mainly because the author has tried to keep it literal sentence to sentence. This takes the essence out of the story.

    I think a Hindi version might do more justice unless you know how to read Urdu, in which case there is nothing better than to read the original !

    I am rating the translation and not Manto's stories or his writing skills. I dare not !
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    Shyam Govind

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    Best in the market!

    I saw the movie Manto and was Moved by it, and now I ordered it and it's amazing.
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    Rituparno Dhar

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    Excellent

    nothing to say,but the translation is very poor
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    Soumyadip Das

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    Wonderful

    if you are someone who loves book with regional touch , you must read this book
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    Moumita

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    On Expected Lines, Nothing Great

    Contains Indian Short Stories, some are though provoking, many of them are standard syllabus stories, was disappointed.
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    Animesh Das

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    Simply awesome

    Very good
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    Really Nice

    After all it is Manto.
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    Good

    Excellent book. Worth to read.
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:Can anyone send the picture of the content page? How many stories are there in the book?
    A:There are 12 stories in the book & most of the famous works are covered. But if you are looking for a larger content then you might want to go for "My name is Radha" collected stories.
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