QURRATULAIN HYDER and the River of Fire

QURRATULAIN HYDER and the River of Fire

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Born with an impeccable literary lineage-her father was Sajjad Hyder Yildirim and her mother was Nazr-e-Sajjad Hyder, both early and vigorous proponents of Urdu fiction; Qurratulain Hyder wrote her first story at the age of 11. Her first collection of short stories, Sitaron Se Aage, published in 1945, established two singular qualities about her: one, her steadfast refusal to write only on 'womanly' subjects; and two, her ability to consistently produce polished, lyrical prose at a time when poetry held sway. She produced a formidable array of travelogues, translations, novels, plays, novelettes, and short story collections.
This volume attempts to revisit her legacy and to place her work, critically and objectively, on the trajectory of post-Independence writing. It attempts, also, to offer 'the River of Fire' as a metaphor in which the writer must sink or swim from the moment he/she crafts a piece of writing to the time it is read and understood by the reader. An eclectic group of writers, from across disciplines, languages, and nationalities, have come together to 'locate' Qurratulain Hyder in the continuum of post-Independence studies.
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