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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Few places I lost a train of thoughts, too philosophical at times. The story starts in pre-partitioned India and migrates with the characters to Pakistan. Aug 14, Faisal rated it liked it Shelves: 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 husaon myths and history that blend into each other so seamlessly that you’re 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 — hisain they are still up and walking around and talking.

While seemingly a rambling, personal narrative, the novel makes several strong political statements, the strongest being its husaim of the two-nation theory propounded by the Muslim League.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

It should be remembered that Husain, now considered a torchbearer of progressive thought in Urdu language and literature, was never a firebrand revolutionary in the way that other luminaries in Urdu are known as. Unfortunately that love never had the opportunity to develop and so there is an overwhelming sense of longing throughout the majority of this book. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.


It’s wonderfully written, moving but dense, and I at least left it with a deeper sympathy, I hope understanding, for the travails of a large and important place and all the people over the generations who have lived there.

But I loved the common man view of great events like the Partition and Partition of Bangladesh and Pakistan. How Does Sororicide Work? Why did no one ever wonder why the Muslim League set up in Dhaka in suffer such a death blow in that very city in ? Be it drawing generously from the Jataka tales or the Panchatantra fables or even the layered Shiite tradition or the more modern existentialism, his tomorrows have been taken care of by yesterdays.

Apr 01, Kishwar Jaffer rated it liked it.

Basti intzar, by Intizar Husain. I read in Urdu. Yet, so much resonated; Without any sense of boredom he read so many posters with the same message, and so many two-word slogans written in English on car bumpers, on car windows.

Basti by Intizar Husain – Penguin Books Australia

So I read this as an American. But the merciless present pushes us back again toward our history. I don’t mean that politics or history are sidestepped – rather the opposite, we are inside hjsain in a way that makes it impossible to look down on the situation from above.

The characters wait for a sign that minds and hearts may still meet. This book is poignant and at times wrenching.

Basti – Intizar Husain

The good service of our modify my sentence on their perception and they give their watched learning in composing. Apr 11, Sermad Farooque rated it really liked it.

There is so much going on at the same time and that can be conflicting. 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.


See 1 question about Basti…. Newer Post Older Post Home. I want the reader to have an agreeable double experience: The political chaos at one level is also interiorised by Zakir. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the intizat review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it’s easily one of the basi books I found as a part of that interest. And what the old forms love most of all is a story of benighted love. I know who lied.

What I feel obscurely is everything. The author, Intizar Iintizar, is perhaps the greatest living Urdu writer and his genius rightly deserves a wider audience than just readers of Urdu or Hindi fiction.

And the days afterward? Inauguration ceremony of Mohmand dam postponed. By the late part of the novel, when the war has broken out, Zakir takes to writing a diary, and the entries drift between husaij 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.