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A Life In Words

A Life In Words

Memoirs

Ismat Chugtai
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Ismat Chugtai (Tr. Asaduddin)
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A Life in Words, the first complete translation of Ismat Chughtais celebrated memoir Kaghazi hai Pairahan, provides a delightful account of several crucial years of her life. Alongside vivid 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. Chughtai is searingly honest about her fight to get an education and the struggle to find her own voice as a writer. The result is a compellingly readable memoir by one of the most significant Urdu writers of all time.

Imprint: India Penguin Classics

Published: Jul/2013

ISBN: 9780143420316

Length : 312 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

A Life In Words

Memoirs

Ismat Chugtai
,
Ismat Chugtai (Tr. Asaduddin)

A Life in Words, the first complete translation of Ismat Chughtais celebrated memoir Kaghazi hai Pairahan, provides a delightful account of several crucial years of her life. Alongside vivid 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. Chughtai is searingly honest about her fight to get an education and the struggle to find her own voice as a writer. The result is a compellingly readable memoir by one of the most significant Urdu writers of all time.

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Ismat Chugtai

Ismat Chughtai (1911-91) was Urdu's most courageous and controversial
woman writer in the twentieth century. She carved a niche for herself
among her contemporaries of Urdu fiction writers-Rajinder Singh
Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto and Krishan Chander-by introducing areas
of experience not explored before. Her work not only transformed the
complexion of Urdu fiction but also brought about an attitudinal change
in the assessment of literary works. Although a spirited member of the
Progressive Writers' Movement in India, she spoke vehemently against its
orthodoxy and inflexibility. Often perceived as a feminist writer, Chughtai
explored female sexuality while also exploring other dimensions of social
and existential reality.

Ismat Chugtai (Tr. Asaduddin)