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The Crooked Line

by Ismat Chughtai
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Publisher Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd & Women Unlimited
Translator Tahira Naqvi
Synopsis This masterpiece by one of India’s foremost woman writers is also one of the most celebrated works of Urdu fiction. ‘[Chughtai] wrote with an authenticity no male writer could have matched. She brought into the ambit of Urdu fiction the hitherto forbidden terrain of female sexuality…In more than one way, she changed the complexion of Urdu fiction.’—Mushirul Hasan, Outlook The youngest in a large but indifferent family, Shaman is a lonely child who convinces herself that she is unlovable. Her adolescent fears and desires grow even as she does—from unruly child to diffident student leader, then idealistic school principal, and finally bitter wife to an Irish Army Captain with whom she—a staunch nationalist—is fundamentally incompatible. Although able to form some deep friendships, Shaman’s sexual and romantic passion remains unfulfilled, deeply impacting her sense of self. The social mirrors the personal, and as her beloved Hindustan struggles towards independence, so Shaman too gropes for some unifying narrative that will help her make sense of an unhappy life. In The Crooked Line, Ismat Chughtai reveals the core of the female psyche. She exposes all in this rich and powerful novel, a triumph of Urdu literature.

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About the author इस्मत चुग़ताई (जन्म: 21 अगस्त 1915-निधन: 24 अक्टूबर 1991) उर्दू साहित्य की सर्वाधिक विवादास्पद और सर्वप्रमुख लेखिका थीं, उन्हें ‘इस्मत आपा’ के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। उन्होंने आज से करीब 70 साल पहले पुरुष प्रधान समाज में स्त्रियों के मुद्दों को स्त्रियों के नजरिए से कहीं चुटीले और कहीं संजीदा ढंग से पेश करने का जोखिम उठाया। उनके अफसानों में औरत अपने अस्तित्व की लड़ाई से जुड़े मुद्दे उठाती है। साहित्य तथा समाज में चल रहे स्त्री विमर्श को उन्होंने आज से 70 साल पहले ही प्रमुखता दी थी। इससे पता चलता है कि उनकी सोच अपने समय से कितनी आगे थी। उन्होंने अपनी कहानियों में स्त्री चरित्रों को बेहद संजीदगी से उभारा और इसी कारण उनके पात्र जिंदगी के बेहद करीब नजर आते हैं।
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd & Women Unlimited
  • Pages: 304
  • Binding: PaperBack
  • ISBN: 9789388874373
  • Category: Women
  • Related Category: Family & Relationship
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