Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mottled Dawn

By Saadat Hasan Manto

50 stories; that bring you face-to-face with an era and the suffering of it’s people (not just characters) who faced the worst in the aftermath of 1947 India and Pakistan partition. The stories haunt you at one level and on the other hand make you believe in the fact that both good/bad human traits come forth in the worst of circumstances.
Written by one of the best short-story writer Saadat Hasan Manto; Mottled Dawn is one of the most powerful and vivid image of what followed after the historical partition—it has the power to shake you to your core.

Toba Tek Singh, The Assignment, and other such unforgettable stories make it a must read and must have book. The writer brings alive the most heart rendering events in the history of the subcontinent.

Manto has a knack to be powerful with simple words; he takes you on a journey were you easily slip into his actors fear, dread, happiness etc. The great impact of this partition is depicted in true in your face kind of writing that definitely will leave you thinking. Even today his stories are highly relevant by giving away any more I would be doing injustice to Manto’s writing…go ahead and read this fabulous collection of stories and change the way you perceive the WORLD forever! Imaginary so commanding that it won’t let you FORGET.

Critics/newspapers say:
— "Manto is master storyteller." —Khushwant Singh
"There is still no literary rival to Manto… (And) as communalism, religious intolerance and enmity between India and Pakistan continue to grow; his stories are still highly relevant." —Independent
— "The undisputed master of the modern Indian short story".
—Salman Rushdie
— "Manto’s irony and humanity raise him on par with Gogol." —Anita Desai