Selected and Translated – Muhammad Umar Memon
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 372
Publisher – Aleph Book Co.
The greatest Urdu stories ever told is one of the finest and rare short story collections I have ever read. The twenty-five stories in this collection include the work of twenty-five writers of Urdu like Munshi Premchand, Naiyer Masud, Khalida Asghar, Saadat Hasan Manto, Rajinder Singh Bedi and others. Every story in the anthology illustrates one or the other facet of life like death, fear, desire and poverty.
The short fiction is often underrated because of its short length. It is a common notion that short fiction requires less effort from the writer in comparison to the fiction written at length. However, I don’t agree. The short fiction gives the equal pleasure to its reader as much as a long fiction and requires equal discipline. If you don’t agree with me then you should give this book a chance and I am sure it will change your perspective and also introduce you to some of the finest and greatest short stories you have ever read of Urdu.
The stories are unique and exceptional and the fine translations by Muhammad Umar Memon make the experience of reading pleasurable. I don’t know the Urdu language so it is my golden opportunity to read the stories in the language I understand. The twenty-five stories are the finest short fiction of Urdu literature.
The book is one of those you will cherish reading and would like to re-read the stories. It is one of those rare gems of literature you don’t want to miss having in your vast collection of books adorning your bookshelf. This is undeniably a must read.
Muhammad Umar Memon is a professor emeritus of Urdu literature and Islamic studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a critic, short story writer and translator. He was editor of the Annual of Urdu Studies (1993-2004). He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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