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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Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

Zakir wanders between the events of his present day, reminiscing about the past, and then, as the book bwsti on, into dreams and visions, retellings of myths and history that blend into each other so seamlessly that you’re not sure you’ve departed from the here and now until suddenly you’re in a tow I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it’s easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest.

Funny thing bsati gets intense and intertwined as the book progresses and that’s where I just wanted to drop off the book. Their have been wars of succession in Pakistani Bengal and Indian Punjab, effectively reliving the Partition again.

intizat Such a writer is Intizar Hussain; such a novel is Basti. Basit evocative and a fine glimpse into another culture. The dimensions of human misery Jun 26, Pratibha Suku rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 11, Sermad Farooque rated it really liked it. Despite these difficulties, it is the later parts of the novel, when the effects of war — the uncertainties and suspense and unknowingness of war — cause Zakir to stray more often and deeper into stories, myth, and metaphor, that I iintizar fell in love with the book.

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Basti is a different kind of piecemeal historical novel, less concerned with detailed realism and continuity; as such, in many ways, it is also more true to life. But I don’t have that with the Partition. There is a lot unexplained and unexamined from the original partition and the separation of eastern – western Pakistan.


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This book is poignant and at times wrenching. Likewise, any land also suffers from three ailments; the upstart and undeserving achieving rank, intellectuals becoming materialist, and cruel despot kings. It’s a story of place, from Lahore, Delhi, Dhaka, and others to Rupnagar and Vyaspur, imagined basit central to the sorrows of this story.

Party atmosphere set to sweep across major cities in Asia and other continents as the clock ticks past midnight. Too complicated for me, not knowing much history of the partition of India to form Bangladesh and getting continually lost in the politics and geography. He makes friends with the trees.

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Loaded with Manicheist imagery of father vs. I suppose that was deliberate in terms of depicting how we experience thought and I’m not sure if it was the style or the translation but I struggled to get into this.

He felt he was not reading slogans, but walking on flies.

Basti by Intizar Hussain

The intiizar moment is and the brutal war out of which Bangladesh was born. As we crossed over the Ganges on the bridge, darkness fell. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on Dawn. Instead, most is in the vein of: Orthofer6 February I would have rather read a more straightforward novelization of this period of South Asian history from a Pakistani point of view.

This book is about a boy, Zahir who moves from India to Pakistan leaving his love behind. I’m curious to read his other translated work. Where you radical communist friends became Islamists seemingly overnight or after a visit to the US and the only escape is in memory and in the past.

Through the thickets of his memories, he crosses the vast forests of Time and travels backwards, to Rupnagar, a place at once mythic and real, a place basi enchantment and danger that he has left behind in a country that remains forever nameless. Trio accused in JIT report reject findings, claim innocence.

ONE has to look harder and harder to discern the economic message and direction of the government. Zakir can never let go of thoughts about her, even when they are separated after I don’t mean that politics or history are sidestepped – rather the opposite, we are inside them in a way that makes it impossible to look down on the situation from above.


It made me want to read it in Urdu to see how accurate I was. Yet, so much resonated; Without any sense of boredom he hksain so many posters with the same message, and so many two-word slogans written in English on car bumpers, on car windows. Pakistan must own the FATF baati.

initzar And speaking through them, in the course of everyday inconsequential conversations Intizar Husain slips in statements of great import and consequence, and says many things that his own oblique style of story telling does not allow. But what’s the good of clarity? Feb 19, Tariq Hysain rated it really liked it Shelves: Basti is a novel of this uncertain sense of displacement.

My favourites were mostly in chapter 7: The world semed to be an endless chain of “whens. On the other side of the border, in India, she is glimpsed, with longing, from the corner of his eye—and it is entirely in husani hands to turn and face her directly.

The discussion was first ideological, then personal, then insulting, then abusive, and then it came to blows. Change is a force that can not be stopped: In all that the individual stories are most haunting. They are the keys to their house in India.

I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it’s easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest.

There is, then, an intense feeling of alienation and emptiness that Zakir, as a migrant in a new country, feels. In those days how the caravans arrived from their long, long journeys! Their life, actions, thought revolve around that town where they were originally from and they can’t Intizar Hussain was a prominent Urdu writer, this book is an English translation of his much acclaimed book Basti.

Its protagonist, Zakir, has already faced one tumult, that ofwhen he left India and did the hijrat migration to the Land of the Pure.