Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's 2006 Urdu novel creates buzz in English translation

 The Mirror Of Beauty

I was hoping that if young people read this book, they will learn more about themselves – where they came from, how they were formed — the pain of separation, of discontinuity [from] what the world was before 1857. Though it was already crumbling, they had a world which was self-conscious, which was sure of its self-worth, which could match with any other culture or any other society anywhere – but for the adverse information and propaganda handed out to us by our colonial master.
- Shamsur Rahman Faruqi in an interview with The NYT

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