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Home / Art and Culture / Manto and Chughtai: The Essential Stories, a collection of short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai published

Manto and Chughtai: The Essential Stories, a collection of short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai published

The collection, by two of the most prominent Urdu writers of modern India, features some of the best known stories on themes such as communal violence, the Partition, sex, relationships, and more.

art-and-culture Updated: Aug 24, 2019 13:08 IST
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The collection, by two of the most prominent Urdu writers of modern India, features some of the best known stories on themes such as communal violence, the Partition, sex, relationships, and more.
The collection, by two of the most prominent Urdu writers of modern India, features some of the best known stories on themes such as communal violence, the Partition, sex, relationships, and more.(penguin.co.in)

A collection of short stories by two of the most prominent Urdu writers of modern India -- Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai has recently been released by publishing house Penguin. The collection, titled Manto and Chughtai: The Essential Stories, hit stands earlier this month.

The collection features some of the best known stories on themes such as communal violence, the Partition, sex, relationships, and more.

Manto’s Partition stories like Toba Tek Singh, and Open It!, and stories on sexuality like Smell and The Black Shalwar have made it to the collection.

Kafir and Sacred Duty are also among the stories by Chughtai included in the collection.

“Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto were Urdu’s most courageous and controversial writers in the twentieth century. This collection features some of their most famous short stories,” the publishing house said in a statement on Thursday. The stories by Manto and Chugtai, which were originally penned in Urdu, have been translated to English by critic and short story writer Muhammad Umar Memon, and US-based author M Asaduddin respectively.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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