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Vampire - A Novel

Release date: 5 March 2024
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The unnamed narrator in Azeem Baig Chughtai’s Vampire—written as a letter to God—is a 16-year-old... Read More

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The unnamed narrator in Azeem Baig Chughtai’s Vampire—written as a letter to God—is a 16-year-old girl who has just had her nikah ceremony. She dreams of a life of happiness with a loving, handsome husband—whose face, however, she will only see at her rukhsati, when she finally leaves her parents’ home for her marital home.

Then, tragedy befalls her. Separated from her family on the journey to her cousin’s wedding in a neighbouring town, she finds herself stranded at the railway station. She has no other recourse but to spend the night at the station master’s house, discovering too late that the only other occupant is his male guest. In the space of a night, her life is changed forever; she loses her ‘honour’ and faces the terrifying prospect of being shunned by her family, in-laws and friends.

In her letter to God, she pours out her grief and terror, her conflicting emotions of denial and acceptance of the events of that night, until she reaches a conclusion. The decision she makes when she finally comes face to face with her husband, leaves the reader both shocked and disturbed.

The brother and literary mentor of the legendary Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai, Azeem Baig was an iconoclast and a feminist who did not hesitate to break boundaries. Nowhere is this more evident than in Vampire. Long before terms like ‘rape syndrome’ and ‘secondary rape’ were coined, Chughtai dared to write about the unmentionable subject of rape in Muslim society—from the female victim’s perspective. What makes the novel unique and amazingly relevant is that this story, set in 1930s’ India, could well be happening in the twenty-first century.

Flawlessly translated by his grand-daughter, Zoovia Hamiduddin, this is the first of Azeem Baig Chughtai’s works to be translated into English.


Product Details

Title: Vampire - A Novel
Author: Mirza Azeem Baig Chughtai
Publisher: Harper Collins
SKU: BK0496453
EAN: 9789354478468
Number Of Pages: 152
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 March 2024

About Author

Mirza Azeem Baig Chughtai (1898-1941) was a renowned Urdu fiction writer, novelist, humorist and short story writer from pre-Partition India. Some of his most well-known works are Vampire, Chamki, Shehzori, and Quran and Purdah, to name a few. He was one of the earliest proponents of feminism in the Indian subcontinent, an activist and a lawyer who fought pro bono for the rights of women. Dr Zoovia Hamiduddin is Mirza Azeem Baig Chughtai’s grand-daughter and Ismat Chughtai’s grandniece. She is the author of a book of short stories titled Her Mother’s Daughter.

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