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Death of a Hero: Epitaph for Maqbool Sherwani

Mulk Raj Anand (Author)
Synopsis This is a harrowing true story of a poet who was crucified by wild Pathan terrorists sent to capture Kashmir, a few days after the Maharaja's accession to free India in 1947. This short novel which has been called as Mulk Raj Anand's "highest achievement", portrays the true story of poet Maqbool Sherwani's crucification by wild Pathans terrorists in Kashmir. Rising above the dangers of his return to his hometown, Baramula, on the behest of Sheikh Abdullah and his patriotic council, who have preferred liberty in secular India rather than Pak theocracy, Maqbool Sherwani goes through terror, unleashed by mercenary guerillas, to face nightmare of loot and killing of the invaders. Betrayed by the greedy little men who have succumbed to the lure of money and power, he is caught after a chase, to face his tormentors. He is shot after a mock trial and leaves behind a tender letter to his sister about his belief in future - of the struggle for hope against despair.
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About the author

Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand, an Indian English language author who depicted the lives of the poorer castes in a traditional Indian society. Anand, a novelist, short story writer, essayist and an art critic, is frequently referred to as the 'founding father' of Indo-English writing. Anand's prolific writing career spanned over 75 years, during which he was widely identified with the quest for a just, equitable and forward looking India. Anand wrote extensively in areas as diverse as art and sculpture, politics, Indian literature and the history of ideas. He has been conferred with several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to English Literature.

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Title Death of a Hero: Epitaph for Maqbool Sherwani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.06.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173299
length 86p.