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Black Margins

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Manto wrote stories not only of a couple of pages but also of a couple of lines. Imagine the craftsmanship to explain an idea in one line. These stories that encompass a line or a paragraph are called Siyah Hashiye.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Katha (first published October 1948)
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A magnificent collection of short stories. The kind that sends chills down your spine. The collateral damage that comes with a partition, with losing your self identity to a mere kartographic name is evident in these stories of Manto. People may call these the taboos and inappropriate to be considered art but the only way was the brutal way with which Manto has unveiled the true face of the polished elite of the sub continent that really deserved no better.
Abu khan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
মোট ৩২ টি ছোট গলপ আর পৃষঠা সংখযা মাতর ৭৮! গলপগুলো পরকাশের কাহিনী আরও মজার। বেকার লেখকের অরথের পরয়োজন পড়লে যেতেন পতরিকার পরকাশকের কাছে। পরকাশক বিনা কারণে টাকা দিতে নারাজ। তাই অরথের বিনিময়ে এই গলপগুলো লিখেছিলেন মানটো।

'মানটোর বিভীষিকার ননদনতততব' শীরষক মুখবনধে অনুবাদক জাভেদ হুসেন 'কালো সীমানা' সমপরকে যথারথ বলেছেন। নতুন করে যোগ করবার কিছুই নেই। এটুকু বলা যেতে পারে যে, অনুগলপের পরতি আগরহ বাড়িয়ে দিয়েছে মানটোর 'কালো সীমানা'।
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing

Manto's black margins is a beautiful collection of his short stories... for anyone who is interested at all in the affective dimension of decolonization, esp. in the south asian context it is quite extraordinary. depressing, but extraordinary. BM has some of the classics, including "toba tek singh" and "khol do"...
Rashid Abid Rafi
নিরঝর ভাই এর কাছ থেকে নিয়ে পড়া এই বইটা। বইটার উরদু নাম: "সিয়াহ হাসিয়ে", যেটার অরথ করলে দাঁড়ায় 'Black Borders' বা কালো সীমানা। মজার বযাপার হচছে, নামটি দবযরথবোধক। পতরিকায় কোন মৃতযুসংবাদ (obituary) আসলে সেটি কালো মারজিনে ছাপানো হয়, যেটার অপর নাম উরদুতে "সিয়াহ হাসিয়ে।"

অনেকগুলো ছোটগলপ (ছোট বলতে একেবারেই ছোট, মাঝে মাঝে এক বা দুই অনুচছেদ বা কখনো এক/দুই লাইন) নিয়ে সংকলিত মানটো এর এই বইটি। বইটি পড়ার আগে এই উরদূ লেখক মানটোর জীবন ইতিহাস এর সারাংশ একবার চোখ বুলিয়ে নিলে পাঠক লেখনীর মধযে লেখকের জীবনের নানা দ
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting author of quite weird times & tales in the Indian subcontinent (Partition of India)- but with a funny take on almost all his dark stories
Shafiq Rony
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lazy writer usually gives birth to brilliance. Manto proved that.
Koushik Ahammed
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
কী ভয়ানক এক একটা লাইন! এক একটা কথায় এতো ভয় পাওয়া। এতো ছোট বইয়ের এতো আবেদন! ভয়ঙকর মুগধতা নিয়ে বসে আছি শেষ করে। পাঠক মাতরই পড়া উচিত সমভব হলে। ...more
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Good read for a short flight
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Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
worth reading a varied selection of short stories it is much in demand I gotta take it back to the library now they are sending me letters whoops
Ila Garg
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Silences and violences... only manto can have this impact!
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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 reminiscence ...more
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