Fireflies in the Mist

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New Directions Publishing, 2010 - Fiction - 325 pages
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Championed by Salman Rushdie in The New Yorker, Qurratulain Hyder is oneof the “must reads” of Indian literature. Fireflies in the Mist is Hyder’s capstoneto her astonishing River of Fire, which was hailed by The New York Review ofBooks as “magisterial with a technical resourcefulness rarely seen before inUrdu fiction.” Fireflies follows the creation of modern day Bangladesh — from Indian province, to Partition, to the emergence of statehood — as told through theimpassioned voice of Deepali Sarkar and others around her who live throughthe turbulence. Hyder perceptively and majestically follows the trajectory ofSarkar’s life — from her secluded upbringing in Dhaka to becoming a socialistrebel and to her ultimate transformation as a diasporic Bengali cosmopolitan —in the way that many of yesterday’s revolutionaries are slowly but surely ensnared within a net of class and luxury dangled in front of them.
 

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I have a feeling this novel lost a lot in its translation from Urdu. It isn’t easy for Westerners to follow, with the many variations on each name, and the many classical Indian references. It could ... Read full review

Contents

Caledonia
3
The Golden Album
7
Lotus River
15
Song of the Padma Boatman
21
Typhoon Uma
27
Woodland
29
The Rev Paul Mathew Bannerjee
41
A Sari for Virgin Mary
50
Comrade Rehan Ahmed
177
The Muezzins Call
195
Jehan Ara Begum
200
Cowdust Hour
206
Shrimati Radhika Sanyal
208
Lunas Grove
214
The Bridal Palanquin
222
Kamal and Akmal
232

The New Testament
59
Cloudland
63
The Ayah
70
Lily Cottage
77
Wandering Minstrel
85
Miss Rosie Bannerjee and Solidarity
90
The Cloud Messenger
94
The Sunderbans
99
PART II
115
Arjumand Manzil
117
The Nightmare
136
Monsoon Melody
141
Song of the Seasons
146
Quit India and Peoples War
149
The Rebel
152
Ganga and Brahmaputra
157
Charles Barlow Bengal Civilian
163
PART III
239
Birds of Paradise
241
Esther Giribala Bannerjee
255
Yasmin Belmont Dark Dancer
260
Pilot Officer Akmal Murshidzada
263
The Pacifist
269
Good Luck Diary
271
Scheherezade Christina Belmont
280
Swami Atmananda Shanker Premi
283
The Playhouse
286
Victorious Morning Star
303
Richard Barlow
309
The Weavers
315
The Kiteflier
319
Old Ganga
324
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Qurratulain Hyder (1926-2007) is widely regarded as the grande dame of Urdu literature. To her fans and admirers she is popularly known as Ainee Apa." The Prime Minister of India said at her funeral, "With her unfortunate passing, the country has lost a towering literary figure.

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