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Title: Shehr-e-Afsos – شہرِافسوس
Author: Intizar Hussain
Year of Publication: 2011
Number of Pages: 232
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hajra.fayyaz – January 16, 2019
Shehr e Afsos is a collection of short stories by Intizar Hussain. I personally prefer short stories over novels as they are easier to read. But Intizar Sb’s stories warrant at least a second read if one is to really understand them. And once you read them, I assure you, you would want to read them again and again. And every time you would be able to pinpoint something new, add another layer to your understanding. My favourites from this collection are the title story, Shehr e Afsos (the city of sorrows) and Aakhri Aadmi (the last man). The main themes that most of the stories explore are those of dislocation, loss, disillusion of time and space, that rose as a result of the Partition of 1947 (and subsequently that of 1971). The characters in these stories are trapped. There is no one to understand the pain they are going through. Intizar Sb did not see the partition as a victory, but as a tragedy. His stories capture wonderfully what the survivors of partition went through. Can not recommend this book enough especially if you are interested in the subject of partition!
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mishalshaikh163 (verified owner) – January 25, 2019
Shehr-e-afsos by intezar Hussain is a collection of short stories based on the era of partition of India and Pakistan which is focused on loss, depression and many other depressing factors in results of partition. I love shehr-e-afsos story the most as it carries most of the emotions and the way author define the storyline was fantastic. I love these short stories as compared to the novels because they are easy to read and are easily understandable. I chose this book by Intezar Hussain because he is one of the most known writers of Pakistan whose work is worth enjoying he don’t drag the plot and that’s the thing that I loved the most. If you want to read Urdu books I would recommend you to start with the short stories as they are compact and you can easily understand them and if you ask me for suggestions so I’ll recommend you this one as it don’t have many difficult vocabulary and the stories are worth enjoying
Sohail Naseer – February 8, 2019
Intizar Hussain loves to portray life in a village, charachters with stereotype and innocence and bringing up trivial issues with no interest in politics. But this collection ‘Shehr e Afsos’ deals with city life with hardcore political issues like War, One Unit and religious and politcal fueds. You’ll stil find the old Nani Amma narrating fairytales using allegories but the subject of stories is the modern man facing problems of politics and existence. You’ll also find the stories Kafkaesque because of the charachters with strange situations and inevitable sufferings. There is also a short artical by the author discussing the process of writing stories and defining the theme and symbols used in one of his stories ‘Kata Dabba’ This was really package with a such beautiful collection of stories. I loved it and hope you’ll also find it interesting.
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