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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Trio accused in JIT report reject findings, claim innocence. At the time of its publication inBasti was criticised for its apolitical nature—the great events of history are far more likely to be given to us basri this novel in a flowerpot knocked over by a group of protestors than in a direct comment about elections.

There bast, then, an intense feeling of alienation and emptiness that Zakir, as a migrant in a new country, feels. But I loved the common man view of great events like the Partition and Partition of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Zakir and his family move itizar Pakistan from India but a part of them is left in India and will stay there forever. The central figure is Zakir, and the novel begins in his childhood, in the village of Rupagnar, where electricity is just being introduced.

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What tears them apart? I would also advise getting a clearer idea of the geographical loc Beautifully translated into Spanish by Pariente de Carranza. Glad to have this over so I can move on to some more pleasant reading material. 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. Yet, there are remembrances toa bell-tolling; both a banner and a scar.


Not a beach read, more like a book I’d recommend reading as part of a modern Asian history class with a teacher that can give more context While this book wasn’t completely terrible by any means, it was a slog to get inrizar and the writing style was jarring to say the least.

That year turns everything topsy-turvy, and more so, it transforms the fate of the basti settlement. Jan 29, Harry Rutherford rated it really liked it. In any conventional story, the ending would be precisely that moment of turning—a moment in which the novelist chooses if the story is romance or tragedy.

ONE has to look harder and harder to discern the economic message and direction of the government. Unfortunately that love never had the opportunity to develop and so there is an overwhelming sense of longing throughout the majority of this book. There was a lot of brutality, misinformation, bias, bloodshed and upheaval from both events and no cathartic national process instead we just moved on a chose to believe the convenient truth which suited each side.

Them too, so I can know how the goodness and sincerity gradually died out from the days, infizar the days came to be filled with misfortune and nights with ill omen.

Aug 14, Faisal rated it liked it Shelves: This is perhaps the hallmark of his literature; it blends the past with the present in a most unnoticeable and gentle manner. He belatedly saw worldwide recognition when he was shortlisted among 10 others for the Man Booker International Prize in and was awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres a year later.

Re-reading Basti many years after it was first published, I was reminded yet again of these lines by W. While seemingly a rambling, personal narrative, the novel makes several strong political statements, the strongest being its questioning of the two-nation theory propounded by the Muslim League. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Basti, by Intizar Husain, translated from the Urdu by Frances W. Pritchett

Though actually absti is beautiful book, filled with lyrical memories of exploration in time, place, and faith. 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. How was such a thing possible? Great post, Here you share the considerable information for the understudies.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

Zakir lives in a dynamic, conflictual and contradictory world. You will either love it or would want to get rid of it.

Dec 26, Ming rated it it was ok. This is why celebrating this important novel, once again, is an imperative feat. Another intriguing question which has been raised is whether Zakir is an autobiographical character.

Their have been wars of succession in Pakistani Bengal and Indian Punjab, effectively husajn the Partition again.

I’m curious to read his other translated work. Basti is, in many ways, a sweeping novel, beginning in an India still under British rule before the Second World War and extending past the Bangladesh liberation war of 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.

May 30, Farheen rated it really liked it.