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The Women’s Courtyard

Daisy Rockwell (Author)

Aliya lives a life confined to the inner courtyard of her home with her older sister and irritable mother, while the men of the family throw themselves into the political movements of the day. She is tormented by the petty squabbles of the household and dreams of educating herself and venturing into the wider world. But Aliya must endure many trials before she achieves her goals, though at what personal cost?

Set in the 1940s, with Partition looming on the horizon, The Women's Courtyard cleverly brings into focus the claustrophobic lives of women whose entire existence was circumscribed by the four walls of their homes, and for whom the outside world remained an inaccessible dream. Daisy Rockwell's elegant and nuanced translation captures the poignance and power of Khadija Mastur's inimitable voice.

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About the author

Daisy Rockwell

DAISY ROCKWELL, is the Vice Chair at the Center for South Asia Studies at the University of california, Berkeley. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1998. She writes on South Asian literature and films.

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Title The Women’s Courtyard
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.11.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670091362
length 352p.