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Street Singers of Lucknow and Other Stories
Street Singers of Lucknow and Other Stories

Street Singers of Lucknow and Other Stories

by Qurratulain Hyder

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Language

English

Publisher

Kali/Women Unlimited

ISBN

9788188965533 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 225

Binding

Paperback

Qurratulain Hyder

Author: Qurratulain Hyder
Foreword/Introduction: Aamer Hussein
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 225
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188965533

Description

This fascinating collection of short stories highlights the innovative genius of this iconoclastic writer as she moves from realism to the fabular, and from history to time-travel.

In the title story, woven with social satire and melodrama, an itinerant entertainer becomes a well-known singer, eventually coming back to her Lucknow roots in a subdued, melancholy ending. A cast of characters entertain themselves with gossip and adultery in the lush tranquility of the tea gardens of East Bengal. At the centre is a mercurial, identity-changing adventuress, one who often appears in Hyder's fiction. Another is the memorable Eurasian, Catherine Bolton, who escapes her roots to achieve social success.

This versatile writer takes imaginative native flight in unusual stories spanning decades, or even centuries. Her arsenal of techniques -- pastiche, satire, collage -- takes us to the place most important to her, the human heart in all its varied seasons.

Winner of the Jnanpith Award 1989

Contents

Introduction
Aamer Hussein

1. Street Singers of Lucknow
2. The Story of Catherine Bolton
3. Confessions of Saint Flora of Georgia
4. The Guest House
5. Beyond the Speed of Light
6. A Night on Pali Hill
7. Honour
8. The Missing Photograph
9. Tea Gardens of Sylhet

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