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Fireflies in the Mist

Qurratulain Hyder (Author)

The song of the boatman on the Padma, a green haze of rice fields turning to gold in the light of the setting sun, the romance of Bengal caught and held in the silvery net of a fisherman. Ambitious, subtle and intricately structured, Fireflies in the Mist—Hyder’s transcreation of her Urdu novel Akhir-e-Shab ke Humsafar—spans nearly four decades of East Bengal’s history, from the dawn of nationalism in the 1930s to the restless aftermath of the bloody struggle for an independent Bangladesh. At the centre of the novel is Deepali Sarkar, a young Hindu attracted to the extreme left wing of the nationalist movement, and Rehan Ahmed, a Muslim radical of Marxist inclinations who introduces her to the life of the rural deprived. Their common political engagement draws them into a quietly doomed love affair. Through their relationship, Hyder explores the growth of tension between Bengal’s Hindus and Muslims—who had once shared a culture and a history—as they try to come to terms with Bengal’s and India’s shifting fortunes.

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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 Fireflies in the Mist
Format Softcover
Date published: 10.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Speaking Tiger
Language: English
isbn 9788188965526
length 408p.