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The Heart Breaks Free & the Wild One
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The Heart Breaks Free & the Wild One

by Ismat Chughtai
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Publisher Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd & Women Unlimited
Synopsis ‘Gloriously provocative…fearless in her writing and acute about female sexuality in a way we still rarely see.’—Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian In The Heart Breaks Free, set in pre-Independence UP, Bua, a free-spirited woman in a conservative Muslim household, is goaded into submission by the women in the family. But even as Bua surrenders to the forces of circumstance, Qudsia Apa, an uncomplaining abandoned wife, stuns everyone by transforming into a rebel. She rejects the life of celibacy and denial forced upon her and picks her own life partner, showing future generations the value and pleasure of subversion. The Wild One is the love story of a servant girl, Asha, and her ‘master’, Puran, in a feudal household where such a relationship can only be a horror and a tragedy unless it is conducted in secret and quickly forgotten. Yet, when Puran can’t muster the strength to defy his class, it is gutsy Asha who manages to beat the odds and win him for herself. Provocative, witty and intensely human as always, Chughtai delivers in these novellas scathing critiques of the cant and hypocrisy of Indian society.

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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: 152
  • Binding: PaperBack
  • ISBN: 9789388326520
  • Category: History
  • Related Category: Historical
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