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Best of Manto: A Collection of his Short Stories

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English translation of short stories.
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published 1989 by Sterling Publishers (first published 1940)
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Ashna
Sep 09, 2015 Ashna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popularly known as Manto, this short story writer is one of the greatest, as well as the most controversial, writers belonging to Lahore, Pakistan. His stories, originally written in Urdu, are simply narrated, having an essence of lyricism, metaphors and deep insight into human nature. This collection of stories has been carefully translated by Aatish Taseer, and done in a way that is said to have maintained Manto's original style and its effect.

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Ann Justin
Apr 13, 2016 Ann Justin rated it it was amazing
Brilliant portrayal of partition.....one of the best short story writers I've ever read....each story distinct and memorable...incredible themes, characters.
Neha Gupta
Jul 22, 2011 Neha Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The penguin edition has choicest short stories by Manto one wouldn't want to miss but the original urdu definitely stands out.
Personal favorites are
A woman of all seasons, khol do and the odour.
Salman Tariq
Feb 23, 2016 Salman Tariq rated it it was amazing
Manto at its best, Writers sell the lies, manto sold the truth. These stories are eye opener for anyone who thinks beyond languagist abuse.
Jeff Ridenour
May 11, 2007 Jeff Ridenour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: damngoodfiction
This is an amazing compilation of short stories. Manto writes in Urdu during the Indian partition. If you can get your hands on it, read it.
Raafia
A time-well-spent book. beautifully written. Things are exposed and yet so true. Urdu vocabulary is smooth that nourishes the novel and the reader too. Manto is a mystery, my his nature, that is his books. I wish he was honored when he was alive.
Eric
Apr 08, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Selected stories from Urdu's preeminent story writer. Mostly in the backdrop of Partition and poverty-stricken Pakistan/India, the humanity in the characters shines through. Highlights include The Dog of Tetval, Toba Tek Singh, and The Blouse.
Lanza Vasto
Jan 16, 2013 Lanza Vasto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
is words can show the impact of a war.. if your answer is no.. read manto, some impacts are prescribe in very few sentences.. he travels thru the indo-pak war period.. its a gem in my shelf..
Chandrasekhar
Jun 18, 2012 Chandrasekhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
writes about the daily mundane things, capturing the nuances amazingly well. highly recommended if one likes to delve in the minds of ordinary people.
Pooja Singha
Feb 12, 2011 Pooja Singha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a true collection of masterpices that makes you feel closer to the reality
Pelerina
Feb 24, 2013 Pelerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only thing I regret is not having read them in Urdu.
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Saadat Hasan Manto (Urdu: سعادت حسن منٹو, Hindi: सआदत हसन मंटो), the most widely read and the most controversial short-story writer in Urdu, was born on 11 May 1912 at Sambrala in Punjab's Ludhiana District. In a writing career spanning over two decades he produced twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of r ...more
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