Story Is a Vagabond: Selected Essays, Fiction, and Drama
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280pp. October 2015
Story Is a Vagabond: Fiction, Essays, and Drama by Intizar Husain
Author: Husain, Intizar; Editor: Stewart, Frank; Bhalla, Alok; Farrukhi, Asif; Zaidi, Nishat;
One of Pakistan's most distinguished writers, Intizar Husain was born in India in 1923 and immigrated to Pakistan during the Partition. An internationally acclaimed writer, critic, and translator, he has published seven volumes of short stories, four novels, and a novella, as well as travelogues, memoirs, and critical essays. Despite his importance to world literature for over six decades, Husain's writing is little known in English translation. Story Is a Vagabond is the first collection in English to show the breadth of his thoughtful, innovative, and compassionate work.

Intizar Husain's numerous honors include the Yatra Award (HarperCollins, India), Pride of Performance (Government of Pakistan), Kamal-i-Fun Award (Government of Pakistan), Adabi Award (Anjuman-i-Farogh-i-Urdu, India), ARY Gold Award, Pakistan's Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lahore Literary Festival, and France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2013, he was short-listed for the prestigious Man Book Prize in Fiction.

19 black & white illustrations

Manoa 27:1 (2015)
"Intizar Husain is perhaps the greatest living Urdu writer and his genius rightly deserves a wider audience than just readers of Urdu or Hindi fiction." —Raza Rumi, Dawn

"There are many sides to Husain: storyteller, journalist, publicintellectual, and mentor to many a writer. His wide-rangingoeuvre—novels and short stories, columns and memoirs —chronicles the unresolved questions of identity, location and migration." —The FridayTimes, Pakistan

"Intizar Husain is one of Pakistan's—and South Asia's—greatest living writers."—Pankaj Mishra

"Husain performs an act of civilizational memory and provides us with thefragments of a culture's history that modernity has firmly set on the road to oblivion."—Aamir R. Mufti
Author: Husain, Intizar; Editor: Stewart, Frank; Bhalla, Alok; Farrukhi, Asif; Zaidi, Nishat;
Intizar Husain is the recipient of such awards as Pakistan's Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), 2007; Lifetime Achievement Award, Lahore Literary Festival, 2012; and France's Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2014.
Introduction by Alok Bhalla vii


fiction

An Unwritten Epic

Qayyuma’s Shop

A Stranded Railroad Car

Complete Knowledge

The City of Sorrow

The Lost Ones

The Prisoner(s)

Clouds

Leaves

The Boat

A Chronicle of the Peacocks

The Jungle of the Gonds

The Death of Sheherzad

Toward His Fire

Comrades

The Shadow

drama

The Deluge: A Play

essays

Many Dreams Later!

Between Me and the Story

Stage Drama with Reference to Some Personal Experiences

Vanishing Tradition

In the Maze of Brindaban

Literature and Love

The Blind Age

Reason and Purpose of the Jataka Stories

The Last Candle

Vikram, the Vampire, and the Story

Afterword by Alok Bhalla

Glossary

About the Contributors

About the Artist

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