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Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto Paperback – August 5, 2009

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Saadat Hasan Manto is widely known mostly for his short stories. He was born in Punjab s Ludhiana district in the year 1912. He spent most of his childhood in Amritsar and finished his schooling there. Manto was always keenly interested in Western literature. He translated a few works of writers like Anton Chekhov, Victor Hugo, and Oscar Wilde into Urdu. While he was at the Aligarh Muslim University, doing his graduation, he joined the Indian Progressive Writers Association, which gave an encouragement to his passion of writing. Manto published his first collection of Urdu short stories in 1936. He then worked as an editor for a film magazine for a few years in Bombay, and got acquainted with many film personalities. Manto moved to Lahore after the Partition and eventually his career became hindered by financial woes. He took to consuming inexpensive alcohol, and passed away due to liver cirrhosis in the year 1955. Some of his most notable books are Naked Voices Stories & Sketches, Stars From Another Sky, Mottled Dawn, For Freedom's Sake: Selected Stories and Sketches, and Partition: Sketches and Stories.

Khalid Hasan was a famous Pakistani author, writer and journalist. He was born in 1935, in Srinagar, Kashmir. His writings were chiefly political and social. He was also a translator, who translated the most famous works of several Pakistani writers into English, particularly those of Saadat Hasan Manto. He started his career as a journalist with the Pakistan Times. Upon being beckoned by the former Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Khalid joined him as his Press Secretary. He then worked as a freelance journalist and correspondent for several publications and news agencies across the world. He passed away in 2009 in Washington. Some of Khalid s famous works include Private View, A Mug s game, The Crocodiles are Here to Swim, Question Time, and The Umpire Strikes Back.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (August 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143102176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143102175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dennis E. Low on February 1, 2010
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Manto is absolutely one of the best short story writers of the century. His stories attack the moral hypocrisy of society and religion. Many of his stories are based the turbulent time of the partition of India. His stories were so powerful he was jailed and condemned by both Pakistan and India.
He is absolutely the BEST..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pranil R. Patel on December 12, 2009
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i honestly will probably never read everything that can be found within this collection, but i definitely appreciate having all of his famous short stories on hand. pieces like toba tek singh, khol do, etc. are all shining examples of manto's gritty style. you can tell many of the translations are slightly off, but theyre still better than the ones you'll find floating around the internet.

and at this price, its a great value
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2011
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I bought this book out of curiosity not knowing anything about the author. I've completed about one fourth of the book and am entranced with every story. Manto's writing is highly descriptive; not wasting a single word. Some stories have made me feel sad, have made laugh, and the one I just read, "By The Roadside" left me speechless. This story - to me - is a poem. I will be looking for more of Manto's work and plan to do some research on this talented writer. We can all identify with Manto's characters as he writes a great deal about relationships, politics, religion and love. What a pleasure to read Manto and be caught up in his characters and settings.
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