Title: Lenin for Sale
Author: Mustansar Hussain Tarar
Translated by: Durdana Soomro
Year of Publication: 2017
Number of Pages: 296
Acclaimed writer Mustansar Hussain Tarar applies his masterly skills to the story of left-wing Pakistanis who went to Russia and the Soviet Bloc in the heyday of communism. Welcomed as comrades and swept away by their youthful idealism, they marry and settle there. The changes taking place upon the fall of Berlin Wall force them to confront painful questions of who they are and where they belong.
The book captures Tarar’s magic as a writer, his sense of time and place so evident in his works, and his acuity as an independent political and social commentator.
Resonating with today’s global challenges when capitalism is being questioned and lack of political ideology is lamented by all, Ay Ghazaal-I-Shab has a delightful and memorable story and cast of characters, it is easily one of Tarar’s most enjoyable novels.