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Publisher:Penguin Books
Published In:2008
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:1.80 lbs
Pages:pp. 736, Appendices

The Title "Bitter Fruit The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto 1st Published" is written by Khalid Hasan. This book was published in the year 2008. The ISBN number 0143102176|9780143102175 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Published edition. This book has total of pp. 736 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Penguin Books. We have about 113273 other great books from this publisher. Bitter Fruit The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

The most widely read and the most translated writer in Urdu, Saadat Hasan Manto constantly challenged the hypocrisy and sham morality of civilized society. Out of this rebellious streak, and fuelled by the burning restlessness of his imagination, he produced a powerful body of work that continues to challenge complacency and demand attention. More than half a century after his death at the age of forty-three in Lahore, he remains anathema to the establishment.

Saadat Hasan Manto wanted to be remembered as the greatest short-story writer ever; as his epitaph would have it, his only competitor is God. Indeed, he is best known for his Partition stories, where he lays bare the absurdity of the religious divide that would forever unhinge the lives of two nations. No other writer has been able to capture the devastation of Partition as Manto has.

But, as this exhaustive Anthology shows, Manto's best work sweeps across genres and states of mind. The Short Stories shock and seduce; the sketches wring out the sharp brevity of truth; the biographical portraits entice with their candour; the letters to Uncle Sam drip with sarcasm; while the lone play smoulders with desire that finds fulfilment in death. Manto also gives us his take on the Bombay film world of his time, a world that both amused and fascinated him and which he recalled with nostalgia in his last years. This collection also carries intimate observations about Manto by his Family and friends.

Khalid Hasan's brilliant translation brings to English Manto's bite, his lyricism and the authenticity of his voice, making Bitter Fruit the perfect treasury for long-time fans of Manto and first-time readers alike.

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1. A Wet Afternoon
2. Toba Tek Singh
3. Colder Than Ice
4. The Assignment
5. Mozail
6. The Return
7. A Believer's Version
8. A Woman's Life
9. Perin
10. Odour
11. Kingdom's End
12. Bribing the Almighty
13. The Seven Magic Flowers
14. Upstairs Downstairs
15. A Man of God
16. The Gift
17. The Room with the Bright Light
18. Siraj
19. An Old-fashioned Man
20. The Angel
21. By the Roadside
22. The Wild Cactus
23. It Happened in 1919
24. The Price of Freedom
25. The Woman in the Red Raincoat
26. The Dutiful Daughter
27. Three Simple Statements
28. The Dog of Titwal
29. The Last Salute
30. The New Constitution
31. A Tale of 1947
32. The Great Divide
33. Free for All
34. The Girl from Delhi
35. Bitter Harvest
36. A Strange Tale
37. A Question of Honour
38. Doing God's Work
39. Khushia
40. A Woman for All Seasons
41. Babu Gopi Nath
42. Mummy
43. The Patch
44. The Supplication
45. Green Sandals
46. The Blouse
47. On the Balcony
48. Harnam Kaur
49. The Man Who Liked to Lose
50. Night Whispers
51. Sonaral

II. Drama :
1. In This Vortex

1. A Sweet Moment
2. Wages
3. Cooperation
4. Division
5. Proper Use
6. The Benefits of Ignorance
7. For Necessary Action
8. Miracle Man
9. Jelly
10. Invitation to Action
11. Pathanistan
12. Warning
13. Permanent Vacation
14. The Garland
15. Out of Consideration
16. Due Supervision
17. Determination
18. Modesty
19. The Fool
20. Bestiality
21. Losing Proposition
22. Ritualistic Difference
23. Mishtake
24. Tidiness
25. God Is Great
26. Socialism
27. Double Cross
28. Resting Time
29. Luck
30. Ungrateful Lot
31. Precautionary Arrangement
32. Mistake Removed

1. Jinnah Sahib
2. Bari Alig : The Armchair Revolutionary
3. Ashok Kumar : The Evergreen Hero
4. V.H. Desai : God's Clown
5. Rafiq Ghaznavi : The Ladies' Man
6. Shyam : Krishna's Flute
7. Kuldip Kaur : Too Hot to Handle
8. Nargis : Narcissus of Undying Bloom
9. Sitara : Dancing Tigress from Nepal
10. Nawab Kaashmiri : Actor's Actor
11. Neena : The Inscrutable Housewife
12. Babu Rao Patel : Soft-hearted Iconoclast
13. Paro Devi : The Girl from Meerut
14. Nur Jehan : One in a Million
15. Naseem : The Fairy Queen

1. Letters to Uncle Sam

1. To My Readers
2. A Day in Court
3. Manto on Manto
4. Manto's Epitaph