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TheMonkey's Wound and Other Stories

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Hajra Masroor (1930-2012) is remembered as one of the most celebrated Pakistani writers of Urdu s... Read More

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Hajra Masroor (1930-2012) is remembered as one of the most celebrated Pakistani writers of Urdu short stories and narrative fiction. Deeply influenced by the Progressive Writers' Movement, she made a place for herself among writers like Ismat Chughtai, Saadat Hasan Manto, Krishan Chander, and Rajinder Singh Bedi. Masroor wrote with great energy and wit. Her stories possess an elegant prose style, strong female characterization, and a little twist at the end that keeps her readers baffled and engaged.

Tahira Naqvi is a translator, writer and clinical professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University where she teaches Urdu language and literature. She has translated into English the works of Saadat Hasan Manto, Khadija Mastur, Hajra Masroor and the major works of Ismat Chughtai.

The Monkey's Wound and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen short stories by Hajra Masroor that are illustrative of her uncompromising tone, her piercing portrayals of the bitter realities of life, and the wounds and traumas of the inner lives of women. The stories, translated from the original Urdu, are sourced from her well-known collection of stories, Sab Afsanay Meray and are stories that bring out Masroor at her best.

'How exciting to read Hajra Masroor's short stories collected and translated into English for the first time by veteran Urdu translator Tahira Naqvi! Masroor's work is essential feminist reading in the Classics translation library.'
-Daisy Rockwell, translator of Khadija Mastur's The Women's Courtyard, and co-winner of the 2022 International Booker Award

Bold, unsparing, surprising-there is brutality here but also much to delight a reader, both in the stories themselves and the manner of their telling.'
-Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire and Burnt Shadows

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Title: TheMonkey's Wound and Other Stories
SKU: BK0461752
EAN: 9780670096114
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover

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