The Dog of Tithwal
by Saadat Hasan Manto
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Pub Date 14 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 26 Aug 2021
Stories encircling the marginalized, forgotten lives of Bombay, set against the backdrop of the India-Pakistan Partition.
By far the most comprehensive collection of stories by this 20th Century master available in English.
A master of the short story, Saadat Hasan Manto opens a window onto Bombay’s demimonde—its prostitutes, rickshaw drivers, artists, and strays as well probing the pain and bewilderment of the Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs ripped apart by the India-Pakistan Partition.
Manto is best known for his dry-eyed examination of the violence, horrors, and reverberations from the Partition. From a stray dog caught in the crossfire at the fresh border of India and Pakistan, to friendly neighbors turned enemy soldiers pausing for tea together in a momentary cease fire—Manto shines incandescent light into hidden corners with an unflinching gaze, and a fierce humanism.
With a foreword by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Vijay Seshadri, these stories are essential reading for our current moment where divisiveness is erupting into violence in so many parts of the world.
"Manto, widely regarded as the foremost Urdu short story writer of the 20th century, writes tales of brutality, possession, and innocence. These translations of his work by Hasan and Memon illustrate the writer’s ability to regard everyone—crooks, the upper class, politicians, soldiers, housewives, and prostitutes—with an eye trained on humanity . . . A substantial collection from an important writer." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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There are writers who you always come back to because they've mastered the craft, Saadat Hasan Manto is a one among them. His best short stories reveal how rich spareness can be. I loved the compilation, with a good mix of his popular stories and many uncelebrated works. And I'm glad I found few gems.