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    Intizar Hussain: The Passing of an Era

    - Posted on: February 03, 2016 | Post your comment here Comments | 中文 (Chinese)

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    Intizar Hussain: The Passing of an Era

    Intizar Hussain experienced the passing of an old civilization and culture, and the birth of a promised land, to which he migrated as a young man. Primarily a short story writer, he also wrote a few novels, about the life in the new country, which was not quite the utopia that people had hoped for.

    Many of Intizar Hussain's books and short stories have been translated into the English language, and helped him gain international recognition when he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and a year later for France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The government of Pakistan had awarded him the Sitar-e-Imtiaz earlier in 2007.

    Considered the finest writer of the Urdu language in Pakistan, he published five novels and hundreds of short stories, some of which have been translated into the English language. His novels, Basti and Naya Ghar, acquired particular fame because the first dealt with the creation of Pakistan and the second with the impact of the Zia regime on the society at large.

    He was a columnist for the Urdu daily Mashriq upto 1988, and was currently the columnist for the daily Dawn. He had become a popular figure at the literature festivals in Pakistan, and the sessions in which he was a participant, were well attended. His passing at the age of ninety-two marks the end of an era, but he has left us a treasure trove of his works that chronicle the trials and tribulations of a new country struggling to find a place in the sun.

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