In an age of political turmoil, Manto wasn’t afraid to write about the darkest depths of human depravity, and his contribution to literature continues to inspire generations of writers (including yours truly).
Despite its limitations, I would say that Ansary succeeded in presenting a counter-narrative to global history that proves very enlightening.
Whenever I think of modern Islamic literature and fiction, this is what will come to mind.
The book had such a profound impact on my own ideas about the power of the imagination that I’d go as far as to include it in my personal canon.
This book’s social commentary provides insight into rural Punjabi life (in all its glorious vulgarities) and highlights the real human impacts of Partition.
The history that I’ve studied in other non-fiction books finally begins to feel real.
No matter your intellectual background or goal, you will find something new and exciting in this book, which will add to your future discoveries.