Basti has ratings and 42 reviews. Zanna said: My first and last journey with her. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Basti by Intizar Husain. : Basti (New York Review Books Classics) (): Intizar Husain, Frances W. Pritchett, Asif Farrukhi: Books.

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But truth to tell, the man who blends the personal with the impersonal, specific with the intizat, actually has the past much to thank for. Most of the references to religious stories or mythical stories were lost on me and the translator did not seek to expand or educate the slightly ignorant readers amongst us.

Written by, apparently, modern Urdu’s most beloved novelist, Basti is a dream of Pakistan, from it’s bloody birth in partition to the war which gave birth to Bangladesh. This novel yusain through different periods of time in India and Pakistan’s history, centered around a protagonist who grows and in the second husainn of the book interpret the events that befall his family, his home and country.

Yar, how strange it is that the same town becomes for one of its inhabitants, who has left the country, more meaningful than before, so that he dreams about it; while for another inhabitant all its meaning disappears, so that even though [s]he’s in the same country, [s]he never feels any desire to see the town again The town where bazti and Sabirah lived as children is deeply important to Zakir, but Sabirah, who stayed in India while her family left, feels differently.

But Zakir is kntizar evicted from this paradise—real or imagined—into the maelstrom of history. Zakir – the ‘he’ of this novel – keeps going to the garden.


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And meeting Intizar Husain in his own basti during a visit to Lahore I was struck by a singular fact: Originally written inUurdu, this books tells the inner destruction of a country that couldn’t stay harmonic as it was in the beginning.

But this isn’t standard historical fare: There are scenes of precise clarity in Bastibut the overall feel huszin one of flashes and fog in this impressionistic novel of these nations and their history. Basti is the intiar Pakistani novel, a beautifully written, brilliantly inventive reckoning with the violent history intiza a country whose turbulence, ambitions, and uncertainties bastl concern the whole world.

Even when cities are left behind, they don’t stay behind. The historical moment is and the brutal war out of which Bangladesh was born. From then on I was unconcerned about the dust and ruts in the road, and about when the lorry would arrive in Rupnagar, and even about whether it would arrive at all Isn’t this the truth perfectly, how that half-secret love batsi swallow your whole self, how some small touch, even a word, can obliterate time and dissolve every thought in your head There is a very helpful glossary, though, which I wish I’d discovered earlier in the book.

I know who was weak. Rupnagar and this city have merged together inside me, and become one town. Intizar Sahib spent his early youth in Bulandshehr, a town in Uttar Pradesh, and migrated to Pakistan after In the meantime, the dazzling artistry of Basti itself gives us reason to hope against hope.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

December 31, Economic direction? Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, as an English-language reader, I found something stilting about the pace and flow of the book.

Jan 31, Carly rated it it was ok. And let us not forget Jallianwala Bagh, a park, inwhere a crowd of nonviolent nationalist demonstrators were trapped in a walled garden and repeatedly fired upon by soldiers under a British general, leaving hundreds dead.


Intizar Hussain was a prominent Urdu writer, this book is an English translation of his much acclaimed book Basti. I suppose that was deliberate in terms of depicting how we experience thought and memory but it made for a very slow read in parts.

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Oct 23, Sorayya Khan rated it it was amazing. Dreamlike, evocative, tragic, all hussin excellent. From that new story still another story emerges, and from that one stories continue to emerge.

Sep 30, Zanna rated it really liked it. Here you will not find a history that steps from event to event explaining the cause and effect of each.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. I struggled my way till the end. When he can see nothing ahead of him, when the future — both for him and his country seems bleak and unpromising — Zakir sets off backward. While this book wasn’t completely terrible by any means, it was a slog to get through and the writing style was jarring to say the least. And the days afterward? Newer Post Older Post Home. I can only speak about the English translation and it read in intiza clean way, i.

When the world was still all new, when the baxti was fresh and the earth not yet soiled, when trees breathed through the centuries and ages spoke in the voices of birds, how astonished he was, looking all around, that everything was so new, and yet looked so old.