Overview for Makan (The House) â€“ Novel
Since its publication in 1989 Makan has come to be considered as one of the greatest novels in contemporary Urdu fiction and has determined the trend of Urdu novel by influencing the form and philosophies of novels written thereafter. It is marked as a return of story telling in fiction with absolute renunciation of plot construction. Life and this novel become one and the same: breathing at the same levels of despair and ecstasy written in the background of mafia dominated structure of modern India. The novel, however, roars through this jungle of lawlessness and terror with a powerful and far reaching voice of vision of the writer who has whistled afresh the eternal spirit of manâ€™s greatness through the character of a woman who emerges as a prophet of aggressive creativity amidst the wrecks of the old structure of society. Written in the background of the labyrinth of the cosmopolitan city, no other book depicts Delhiâ€™s dark alleys so vividly. The novel is secretly considered by the readers of Urdu as one of the finest in the global literature and a very revolutionary piece of art. The translator V.K. Joshi is a poet and is author of â€˜A Phoenix Againâ€™ (Novel) which is a fine example of serious fiction. The translator took up the translation purely due to his infatuation with the book and has taken nine years to absorb the extremely strange style of the novel before he finally translated it.
Paigham Afaqui (Author)
Paigham Afaquiâ€™s family name is Akhtar Ali Farooquee. He was born in a village named Chanp in Distt. Siwan of Bihar. Educated at his village Maktab, home townâ€™s DAV Higher Secondary School, he did his graduation in English Literature (Hons.) and post-graduation in History from Aligarh University. He lives in Delhi and is in the Police Service. He is a versatile genius. He is one of the most eminent writers and poets in modern Urdu and has contributed it as a trend setter. He has given a new and expansive dimension to Urdu fiction and poetry by focusing deeply on day today life in a philosophical manner and expressing himself in powerful symbolic diction. He has written novels, short stories, poetry, essays, literary, academic and philosophical treatises, serials for T.V. and film scripts. He has also delivered lectures on film-making in institutions like J.N.U. and Indira Gandhi Open University on the basis of his unique experience in the field. He takes an active interest in issues concerning social and humanitarian activities. His wife is also a scholar and writer.