An NYRB Classics Original
Basti is a beautifully written reckoning with the tragic history of Pakistan. Basti means settlement, a common place, and Intizar Husain’s extraordinary novel begins with a mythic, even mystic, vision of harmony between old and young, man and woman, Muslim and Hindu. Then Zakir, the hero, wakes to the modern world. Crowds gather. Slogans echo. Cities burn. Whether hunkered down with family or furtively meeting to exchange news with friends in cafés, Zakir is alone in a country lost to the politics of loneliness.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - greeniezona - LibraryThing
I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it's easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest. It is also a difficult and challenging book to read ... Read full review
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Intizar Husain is considered by many as the most significant living fiction writer in Urdu. This novel is set against sectarian violence, both the violence of the 1947 partition and the violence of ... Read full review