- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (11 March 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143420313
- ISBN-13: 978-0143420316
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Life in Words: Memoirs Paperback – 11 Mar 2013
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She spearheaded a literary revolution --The Hindu
Translator M Asaduddin has . . . done a remarkable job, catching all the nuances of Chughtai s luscious prose and extraordinary wit. This is a book for all to read and enjoy --Hindustan Times
About the Author
Ismat Chughtai (1911 - 1991) was Urdu's most courageous and controversial woman writer in the twentieth century. She carved a niche for herself among her contemporaries of Urdu fiction writers, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto and Krishan Chander by introducing areas of experience not explored before. Her work not only transformed the complexion of Urdu fiction, it brought about an attitudinal change in the assessment of literary works. Although a spirited member of the Progressive Writers' Movement in India, she spoke vehemently against its orthodoxy and inflexibility. Often perceived of as a feminist writer, Chughtai explored female sexuality while also exploring other dimensions of social and existential reality.M. Asaduddin is an author, critic and translator. His work has been recognized with the Sahitya Akademi Prize and the Katha and A. K. Ramanujan awards for translation. Among the books he has published are The Penguin Book of Classic Urdu Stories, Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai, For Freedoms Sake: Manto, Joseph Conrad: Between Culture and Colonialism and (with Mushirul Hasan) Image and Representation: Stories of Muslim Lives in India. He is currently Professor, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia.
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