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Author: Sajjad Zaheer
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Bilal Hashmi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350290880
A Night in London chronicles the diverse and often conflicting emotional, ideological and political aspirations of an entire generation of Indian students in Europe.
The novella sheds light on the dynamics of late imperial culture—English working-class politics, anti-colonial sentiment and race relations—like no other sustained narrative by an expatriate Indian author of the same period.
Long considered a landmark in twentieth-century Urdu fiction, A Night in London is being made available in English for the first time in a translation by Bilal Hashmi.
The volume also features an introduction by Carlo Coppola, a noted scholar and critic of Urdu literature.
'Sajjad Zaheer's London Ki Ek Raat has long enjoyed the celebrity - and the invisibility - of a legend. It is quite something to have it available in English. It gives us important insights, not only into the social origins of Indian progressivism but also into European high modernism. Bilal Hashmi's fluent translation is a matter for gratitude.'
--- Alok Rai
'Sajjad Zaheer's novella is a landmark in Urdu fiction. This beautifully nuanced translation does it full justice.'
--- Shabana Azmi