Basti has ratings and 42 reviews. Zanna said: My first and last journey with her. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Basti by Intizar Husain. : Basti (New York Review Books Classics) (): Intizar Husain, Frances W. Pritchett, Asif Farrukhi: Books.

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See 1 question about Basti…. Want to Read saving…. Zakir’s father is only absent for a single day from guarding the mosque, but when he returns the electricity has been hooked up, against his wishes; monkeys, too, are defeated by the high-power wires.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Your subscription to Read More was successful. There is also This novel follows a young man from his childhood in pre-Partition India, to his first years in Pakistan following his family’s emigration, to the tumultuous years of war and the formation of Bangladesh.

Jan 31, Carly rated it it was ok. Loaded with Manicheist imagery of father vs. And three things deprive the earth of peace: In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, in which groups of people come together to try to live together, and the universal Basti is the great Pakistani novel, a beautifully written, brilliantly inventive reckoning with the violent history of a country whose turbulence, ambitions, and uncertainties increasingly concern the whole world.

I read this as someone who thinks you need look no further than religion and colonialism to see why, today, the world is set to explode.

I am walking on flies. I know it so well that when I read a book about a family outing, I can tell they are really talking about the outset of war, even if, you know, they are not. There is also frequent reference to important moments in Indian history bsti as the war ofwith Britain, that I didn’t know anything about. But it isn’t just a loose mythic and mystic I’m stealing from the back copy here introduction to a complex history and culture.

But what’s the good of clarity? But it may also be due to his ability to occupy a small corner of the frame, again like the eponymous Common Man, and never the center stage. But I don’t have that with the Partition.


Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

However, the novel as a genre and as a kaleidoscope kntizar society conveys a discreet vision of the world. And whether I’m right or not, the symbolic burp is casual and reflexive. Man uhsain due to three things; a disloyal wife, an over demanding brother, and education gained without any experience. Setting the tone for their story, young Zakir suggests early on: Pakistan is once again at a critical juncture of political transition.

At some point, it only made sense for me to continue reading it if I did some deeper research on the turmoiled history between India and Pakistan.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland – The National

Bastiby Intizar Husain. See, there are a few things I know a great deal about, or pretend I do. Jun 26, Pratibha Suku rated it it was ok Shelves: He makes friends with the trees. Intizar Sahib spent his early youth in Bulandshehr, a town in Uttar Pradesh, and migrated to Pakistan after Love dissolves the border like chalk-pictures inntizar by rain.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [i want summary nusain this book hide spoiler ]. What tears them apart? Party atmosphere set to sweep across major cities in Asia and other continents as the clock ticks past midnight.

Basti was criticised when it was first published in Urdu. It isn’t always the easiest to follow as the story jumps around a lot in to memories and dreams, which also reference traditional Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim stories and, as someone without an awareness of these stories, I huwain a lot of the symbolism and meaning went over my head. Entering into the myriad myths that have created their current culture, though, as anyone who reads the newspapers know, not without its negative effects.

Basti is a definite improvement. Come and join them, before silver fills the part in her hair, and your head becomes a drift of snow, and our lives are merely a story. Tellingly, too, it is intiar this time that the plague ravages the local population, Hindu and Muslim.

Of course, the wise creative writing teacher would tell students that there is only one rule of writing: In he received the Pakistani civil intizat Sitara-e-Imtiaz and a lifetime achievement award at the Lahore Literary Festival in September Raza Rumi is a writer and the director of Jinnah Institute, Islamabad.


Written by, apparently, modern Urdu’s most beloved novelist, Basti is a dream of Pakistan, from it’s bloody birth in partition to the war which gave birth to Bangladesh. No trivia or quizzes yet. They are the keys to their house in India. This, Bastiseemed a logical next step.

The story moves from one location to the next, as it does from the present to various moments in the past. Dreamlike, evocative, tragic, all around excellent. While this book wasn’t completely terrible by any means, it was a slog to get through and the writing style was jarring to say the least.

As well as the flashbacks, parts of it are in the form of letters, diary entries and dreams. Re-reading Basti many years after it was first published, I was reminded yet again of these lines by W. Yet Intizar Husain does not live in the past, so much as he draws from it.

Zakir wanders between the events of his present day, reminiscing about the past, and then, as the book goes on, into dreams and visions, retellings of myths and history that blend into each other so seamlessly that you’re not sure you’ve departed from the here and now until suddenly you’re in a tow I bought this book last year, early in my translated fiction kick, and I think it’s easily one of the best books I found as a part of that interest.

Reviewed by Raza Rumi. Few places I lost a train of thoughts, too philosophical at times. When the world was still all new, when the sky was fresh and the earth not yet soiled, when trees breathed through the centuries and ages spoke in the voices of birds, how astonished he was, looking all around, that everything was so new, and yet looked so old. December 31, Economic direction?