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Written in 1790, Hasan Shah's autobiographical romance, The Dancing Girl, is remarkable for both its lyrical prose and its fine recreation of a time, a place, and a culture - India in the 1780s, a tolerant, affable era before the full establishment of British colonial rule. The Dancing Girl tells of the doomed love of Hasan Shah (aide-de-camp to a British officer) and Khan ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Magdalena
Aug 30, 2011 Magdalena rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it! It's a timeless, bittersweet love story sprinkled with magic, secret affairs, tantrums, jealousy, lovers' quarrels and a wonderful glimpse into the life and customs of Indian courtesans in the 1780s. Truly fascinating, especially the historical aspects.

If you appreciate books like Ruswa's Umrao Jan Ada and Chattopadhyay's Devdas, this might be a book for you.

However, it seems like the English translation is a severly amputated version of the Persian original... so incredibl
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Dec 14, 2007 sara rated it it was ok
I'm sure it was an amazing original book..but the horrid translation and translations from translations have just destroyed it.
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