A Thousand Yearnings: A Book of Urdu Poetry and Prose by Ralph Russell,Marion Molteno

By Ralph Russell,Marion Molteno

For many of us, Urdu is indelibly linked to a bygone period: the cultural renaissance of the eighteenth and 19th centuries within the face of colonial oppression, heady mushairas and romantic poetry. For others, it brings to brain the gritty prose of the revolutionary Writers portraying the awful social realities of the mid-twentieth century.

In this luminous number of Urdu poetry and prose, Ralph Russell expands our global of Urdu letters to incorporate folks and oral narratives, in addition to prose and poetry. by way of situating each one shape traditionally, he offers us a clean point of view at the assorted literary cultures and histories of India.

Besides canonical brief tales through the likes of Manto and Premchand, there's Ismat Chughtai’s a little-known autobiographical essay approximately her dating along with her brother, the author Azim Beg Chughtai. There are construction stories from the Quran, renowned tales of Akbar and Birbal, besides the mythical exploits of Sikandar (Alexander the Great). decisions from the chic poetry of Mir, Ghalib and others are supplemented by way of astute observation and roman transcriptions of the unique Urdu. Farhatullah Beg’s brilliantly imagined account of the ‘last Delhi mushaira’ captures a second in time by no means obvious back, with the horrors of 1857 simply round the corner.

An available creation for unexpected readers, and a gratifying spouse for these conversant in Urdu literature, this quantity is a treasure trove of reports, poetry and background. initially released as Hidden within the Lute(1995), this revised version has been edited by means of Russell’s scholar and friendfor numerous years, the novelist Marion Molteno.

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A Thousand Yearnings: A Book of Urdu Poetry and Prose

For lots of humans, Urdu is indelibly linked to a bygone period: the cultural renaissance of the eighteenth and 19th centuries within the face of colonial oppression, heady mushairas and romantic poetry. For others, it brings to brain the gritty prose of the innovative Writers portraying the awful social realities of the mid-twentieth century.

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