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A Life in Words: Memoirs

Price : $22.75
ISBN # : 9780670086184
Author : Ismat Chughtai & (Trans.) M. Asaduddin
pages: 312
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Penguin Books
Published : 2012

A Life in Words, the first complete translation of her celebrated memoir Kaghazi hai Pairahan, provides an authentic and delightful account of several crucial years of Ismat’s life. Presented along with the vivid and high-energy descriptions of her childhood years are the conflicted experiences of growing up in a large Muslim family during the early decades of the twentieth century. We get an intimate view of a writer’s fierce struggle to find her own voice and depict with passion and precision the visible and subtle tyrannies of contemporary society. A Life in Words is a searingly honest and compellingly readable memoir of the life of one of the most significant Urdu writers of all time.



Author Bio: A fiery and controversial writer, Ismat Chughtai appeared on the Urdu literary scene during the heyday of the Progressive Writers’ Movement. Considered the subcontinent’s foremost feminist writer, she was always instinctively aware of the double standards that governed the position of women in the largely feudal and patriarchal society of the time. She did everything in her power to expose and subvert it.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 07 March, 2012.
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