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Now available as a paperback, the most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. Now available as a New Directions Paperbook, Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire makes a bid to be recognized in the West as what it has long been acknowledged in the East: the most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. First published as Aag ka Darya in 1959, River of Fire encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia: Gautam, Champa, Kamal, and Cyril-Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. In different eras different relations form and reform among the four: romance and war, possession and dispossession. Interweaving parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, Hyder's prose is lyrical and witty. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: River of Fire is a book that insists on the irrelevance of religion in defining Indian identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811215336
ISBN-10: 0811215334
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 428
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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