Basti has ratings and 42 reviews. Zanna said: My first and last journey with her. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Basti by Intizar Husain. : Basti (New York Review Books Classics) (): Intizar Husain, Frances W. Pritchett, Asif Farrukhi: Books.

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What’s going to happen? Aug 14, Faisal rated it liked it Shelves: But what’s the good of clarity? For instance in answer to a question that haunts an entire weary generation of post Pakistanis: However, the novel as a genre and as a kaleidoscope of society conveys a discreet vision of the world.

Read Bastiand find out. Trio accused in JIT report reject findings, claim innocence. Inside me, times and places are topsy-turvy.

Basti is the great Pakistani novel, a beautifully written, brilliantly inventive reckoning with the violent history of a country whose turbulence, ambitions, and uncertainties increasingly concern the whole world.

Pritchett for the translation.

The new country of Pakistan is born, separating him once and for all from the woman he loves, and in a jagged and jarring sequence of scenes we witness a nation and a psyche torn into existence only to be torn apart again and again by political, religious, economic, linguistic, personal, and sexual conflicts—in effect, a world of loneliness. The mind keeps talking.

By the late part of the novel, when the war has broken out, Zakir takes to writing a diary, infizar the entries drift between the present, history and myth—as though the only way to understand or express the moment is by reaching back to stories that carry the weight of centuries.

This book is about a boy, Zahir who moves from India to Pakistan leaving his love behind. Why is this so? They seize on you even more.

His writings are archived at www. He is not the only one; others who like him have left cities behind in search of new homes carry parts of their old lives.

Another intriguing question which has been raised is whether Zakir is an autobiographical character. This book reads like a creation myth, and when it’s the creation of the state of Pakistan, you’d better pay some attention, and be prepared to get a bit depressed.


Mar 05, Aaron Typographical Era rated it liked it Shelves: If Manto laid bare the ugliness of and its immediate, brutish aftermath with the urgency of a field surgeon, Intizar Husain probes those wounds ever so gingerly, peeling away layers from old memories to reveal wounds that have still not healed and may never heal, at least not in his life time. But it may also be due to his ability to occupy a small corner of the frame, again bbasti the eponymous Common Man, and never the center stage.

Despite these difficulties, it is the later parts of the novel, when the effects of war — the uncertainties and suspense and unknowingness of war — cause Zakir to basri more often and deeper into stories, myth, and intizzr, that I really fell in love with the book.

Somehow, at some point, her hand came into mine.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

Zakir wanders between the events of his present day, reminiscing about the past, and then, as the book goes on, into dreams and visions, retellings of myths and history that blend into each other so seamlessly that huxain not sure you’ve departed from the here and now until suddenly you’re in a town where most of the inhabitants have been beheaded — but they are still up and walking around and talking.

The central figure is Zakir, and the novel begins in his childhood, in the village of Rupagnar, where electricity is just being introduced. Years following the bloody partition have had very similar effects on their characters. I would also advise getting a clearer idea of the geographical loc Beautifully translated into Spanish by Pariente de Carranza.

While the sentences swim in Urdu like fish in a sea, in English I want them at least to swim like fish in a well-designed aquarium. Their relationship is more forcefully interrupted later, and they remain separated — Sabirah the one member of her family to remain in India after the partition, while all the other Muslims including Zakir moved to Pakistan, intjzar most of Sabirah’s closest relatives going to the eastern part, what would later become Bangladesh.

His nostalgia is not comforting, there is that disquiet air intizsr runs through his works, and Basti, arguably the finest novel on Partition, is no different. When Pakistan was still all new, when the sky of Pakistan was fresh like the sky of Rupnagar, and the earth was not yet soiled. There were, however, some beautiful passages. Newer Post Older Post Home. In her introduction, she mentions the issues with the text, but she seldom falters on this account.


I sincerely hope to learn Urdu and come back to this to get ba Though I appreciate the fact that author went on dealing with the and without soley depending on the “violence” weapon which is so rare to tell about the emotional distress, still somehow I couldn’t connect with the book.

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So, overall, a intizaf experience. I truly felt how painful and excruciating the experience of Partition was for many of the books characters. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Husaain may have been intentional in t This book is poignant and at times wrenching. Rupagnar is abandoned, but remains the Zakir’s lost home; moving to a new ly created state demands new allegiances, yet Zakir always remains torn.

I know who lied. We acknowledge and intizr and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of baasti actual reviews by any other measure. Jan 11, Ruby rated it liked it. December 27, by Tori Telfer. In those days how the caravans arrived from their long, long journeys! Love is primary in Basti and everything flows from it, even when it is only a shadow of a memory of a touch But Zakir is abruptly evicted from this paradise—real or imagined—into the maelstrom of history.

ONE has to look harder and harder to discern the economic message and direction of the government. This may have been intentional in the original and certainly its jarring effect would be consistent with the characters’ experiences.

I read this as a pacifist, and an isolationist, though I suspect the latter is foolish. Books by Intizar Hussain.