In Search of the River of Fire
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