River Of Fire by Qurratulain HyderRiver Of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder

River Of Fire

byQurratulain Hyder

Paperback | May 27, 2003

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The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire makes a bid to be recognized in the West as what it has long been acknowledged in the East: the most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. First published as Aag ka Darya in 1959, River of Fire encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia: Gautam, Champa, Kamal, and CyrilBuddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. In different eras different relations form and reform among the four: romance and war, possession and dispossession. Interweaving parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, Hyder's prose is lyrical and witty. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: River of Fire is a book that insists on the irrelevance of religion in defining Indian identity.
Qurratulain Hyder (1926-2007) is widely regarded as the grande dame of Urdu literature. To her fans and admirers she is popularly known as Ainee Apa." The Prime Minister of India said at her funeral, "With her unfortunate passing, the country has lost a towering literary figure.""
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Title:River Of FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.95 inPublished:May 27, 2003Publisher:New DirectionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811215334

ISBN - 13:9780811215336

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"To Urdu fiction what A Hundred Years of Solitude is to Hispanic Literature."