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Chandni Begum: A Novel

Qurratulain Hyder (Author) Saleem Kidwal (Translator)

Chandni Begum is Qurratulain Hyder's last, most enigmatic and daring of her novels. It spans the period from the Partition to the time of the Mandir-Masjid dispute in Ayodhya in the early Nineties, consistently connecting the present to the past. Centered around two prominent Lucknow families, the narrative closes in on the lives and struggles of Qambar, a romantic revolutionary, and the three women drawn to him-Bela, the daughter of a mirasi-bhand couple, desperate to break away from her tainted ‘legacy’; Safia, the polio-stricken daughter of the Raja of Teen Katori, an independent ‘educationist’ dealing with the crushing rejection of her childhood betrothed and the demons that haunt her in its wake; and the eponymous heroine, Chandni Begum, destitute survivor of a once powerful landed family, looking for a way to get by respectably.

Hyder returns to her favourite themes and spaces-Partition, women entertainers, popular mysticism, the illustrious homes of Lucknow, the chawls of Bombay-to tell a riveting tale, liberally sprinkled with entertaining characters and biting political and social comment.

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About the author

Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder is a leading writer of Urdu fictiin in India. Her books of Urdu been translated into all Indian language, and she was awarded the Bharatiya Jhanpith, India's highest literary award, in 1989. She has been a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, and is widly acclaimed for pioneering novelties of technique in Urdu fiction. She has travelled widely, and has worked as a journalist and boradcaster, her novel. Aag Ka Darya (Published in 1959, and transcreated by the author in English as The Fiver of Fire) has achieved epic status in fiction about the subcontinent.

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Title Chandni Begum: A Novel
Format Softcover
Date published: 07.09.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Women Unlimited
Language: English
isbn 9789385606113
length 340p., 22cm.