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Saadat Hasan Manto


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Saadat Hasan Manto Selected Stories by Saadat Hasan MantoSaadat Hasan Manto Selected Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto
The most widely read and the most translated writer in Urdu, Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-55) is also the most controversial: he was tried for obscenity no less than six times, both before and after the departure Read More...
Pages: 309

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Manto: Selected Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto
There are just 10 stories in the "Manto: Selected stories" translated by Aatish Taseer, including a couple of ones that show up in every edition. But the author has put together an eclectic mix, taking Read More...
Pages: 136

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