My name is Radha

Title My name is Radha
the essential Manto
Author transl. from the Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon
Publication Penguin India
Size XXV, 469p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780143426806
Topics Pakistani fiction--Short stories and novellas
Pakistani fiction--Translated into English
Notes The prevalent trend of classifying Manto’s work into a) stories of Partition and b) stories of prostitutes forcibly enlists the writer to perform a dramatic dressing-down of society. But neither Partition nor prostitution gave birth to the genius of Saadat Hasan Manto. They only furnished him with an occasion to reveal the truth of the human condition. My Name Is Radha is a path-breaking selection of stories which delves deep into Manto’s creative world. In this singular collection, the focus rests on Manto the writer. It does not draft him into being Manto the commentator. Muhammad Umar Memon’s inspired choice of Manto’s best-known stories, along with those less talked about, and his precise and elegant translation showcase an astonishing writer being true to his calling.
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