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I didn't know what to think of Saadat Hasan Manto. I heard good things, but I didn't realize he would be that good. His characterization is so raw and realistic that you connect with them even in the short lived stories that he writes.The stories are simple, captivating, one that leave you pondering over the tales for long after you've finished them. Your heart breaks a little at the end of every story because the end is just too close to reality. This was my first and surely not the last. Now I ...more
To be fair to Manto, I'm not much into short stories. Probably minus one star for that. Having said that, the stories were a mixed bag, ranging from pathetic (IMHO) to outright excellent. I'll specially mention the ones wherein he described the chaotic times that were the partition of India. The times when men from both the sides left their humanity much behind and seemed to have sold their souls to the devil. The pathos which Manto created in those stories and gave an account of the destruction ...more
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