In Search of the River of Fire

Southasia - - Book review -

by Rakhshanda Jalil, the col­lec­tion is di­vided into three sec­tions. The first is a se­lec­tion of three per­sonal por­traits fol­lowed by a sec­tion en­com­pass­ing crit­i­cal nar­ra­tives. Tex­tual Ap­praisals is the last sec­tion, a col­lec­tion of es­says de­con­struct­ing the el­e­ments that en­com­pass the novel and the im­pact it had on Urdu lit­er­a­ture.

For some­one be­long­ing to the post-80s gen­er­a­tion, it was fas­ci­nat­ing to read about the Pro­gres­sive mal, the out­sider, take centrestage throughout the novel. Sukrita Paul Ku­mar cap­tures the psy­che be­hind this novel suc­cinctly in her essay ‘Turns of Cen­turies in The writer states, was pub­lished in 1959 and was writ­ten in Pak­istan where Hy­der had mi­grated af­ter Par­ti­tion. The per­sonal an­guish of up­root­ing and ex­ile; an ex­ile that was ge­o­graph­i­cal as well as psy­chi­cal, brings her into an in­ti­mate close­ness and un­der­stand­ing

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