ISBN 9780143420316,A Life in Words: Memoirs

A Life in Words: Memoirs



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9780143420316

ISBN-10 0143420313

Paper Back

Number of Pages 312 Pages
Language (English)


A Life in Words, the first complete translation of IsmatChughtais celebrated memoir Kaghazi hai Pairahan, provides adelightful account of several crucial years of her life. Alongsidevivid descriptions of her childhood years are the conflictedexperiences of growing up in a largeMuslim family during the earlydecades of the twentieth century.
Chughtai is searingly honest about her fight to get an educationand the struggle to find her own voice as a writer. The result is acompellingly readable memoir by one of the most significant Urduwriters of all time.

About the Authors: Ismat Chughtai, M Asaduddin

Ismat Chughtai (1911-91) was Urdus most courageous andcontroversial woman writer in the twentieth century. She carved aniche for herself among her contemporaries of Urdu fictionwriters-Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto and KrishanChander-by introducing areas of experience not explored before. Herwork not only transformed the complexion of Urdu fiction, itbrought about an attitudinal change in the assessment of literaryworks. Although a spirited member of the Progressive WritersMovement in India, she spoke vehemently against its orthodoxy andinflexibility. Often perceived of as a feminist writer, Chughtaiexplored female sexuality while also exploring other dimensions ofsocial and existential reality.

M. Asaduddin is an author, critic and translator. His work hasbeen recognized with the Sahitya Akademi Prize, and the Katha and AK Ramanujan awards for translation. Among the books he haspublished are The Penguin Book of Classic Urdu Stories, Lifting theVeil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai, for Freedoms Sake:Manto, Joseph Conrad: Between Culture and Colonialism, and (withMushirul Hasan) Image and Representation: Stories of Muslim Livesin India. He is currently Professor, Department of English, JamiaMillia Islamia