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ISBN: 984 05 1792 9

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Fault Lines: Stories of 1971

By Niaz Zaman (Editor) Asif Farrukhi (Editor)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2008 No. of Pages: 340 Weight (kg): 1

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Fault Lines is the first anthology containing stories from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, the United States and the United Kingdom on the theme of 1971. There is a lot of creative writing that has emerged from 1971, but most of it in regional languages. This anthology, by putting together stories originally written in Bangla, Urdu, Sindhi or Punjabi, in addition to a handful originally written in English, attempts to bridge the language barrier. The breakup of Pakistan and the emergence of Bangladesh were attended by violence and bloodshed. As these writers try to come to grips with the facts and the emotions of 1971, the reader is taken back to that turbulent and momentous time. The stories are painful and often brutal, even as they recount tales of quiet heroism. They oblige readers to ask pertinent questions about their own history. How real were the differences between Bangla speakers and Urdu speakers? What were the emotions of a Pakistani soldier ordered to shoot unarmed women and children? Were all women helpless victims of atrocities committed on them? What was life like in the camps? Were all Bengalis brave? Were all Punjabis evil? These stories vividly portray the many aspects of 1971 and after. With an introduction by the co-editors, drawing upon their personal experiences of 1971 and suggesting the context of these writings, this anthology is essential reading for those interested in the history of this period as well as in riveting fiction.

Contents:

Introduction
1. The Sin of Innocence ( Umme Umara) / 2. Fork Lift No.352 (Asad Mohammad Khan) / 3. Versions of Truth (Masood Ashar) /  4. Sleep (Masud Mufti) / 5. The Body (Afsan Chowdhury) / 6. A Lucky Escape (Niaz zaman) / 7. A Day in Bushan’s Life (hasan Azizul Huq) / 8. Nineteen Seventy-One (Humayun Ahmed) / 9.  Double War (Selina Hossain) / 10. Jesus 1971 (Shahriar Kabir) / 11. She Knew the Use of Powdered Pepper (Shaheen Akhtar) / 12. An Accident Death (Akhteruzzaman Elias) / 13. Going War (Syed Manzoorul Islam) / 14. The Daughter (Saleha Chowdhury) / 15. Half Skeleton (Ahmed Salim) / 16. Expelled (Asif Farrukhi) / 17. Traitor (Mohan Kalpana) / 18. The Year of the Iron Dog (Neeman Sobhan) / 19. Bingo (Tariq Rahman) /  20. The Bill (Shaukat Osman) / 21. The Killing Fields of 1971 (Saleem Akhtar) / 22. The Last Encounter (Kazi Fazlur Rahman) / 23. Godhra Camp (Naeem Aarvi) / 24. Returning Home: 1972 (Purabi Basu) / 25. An Ilish Story (Khademul Islam) / 26. The Double Deal (Ahmad Sa'adi) / 27. British Gravers (Hassan Manzar)  / 28. A Grave Turned Inside-Out (Ibrahim Jalees) /  29. The Travellers (Gholam Mohammad) / 30. I Am Game (Sultan Jamil Nasim) / 31. What Price Honour? (Razia Rahman) / 32. Karima (Aamer Husain) /  33. Why Does Durgati Weep? (Parag Chowdhury) / 34. Angela (Bharati Mukhejee) / 35. The Ghost of the Razakar (Manju Sarkar) / 36. The Heir to a Severed Arm (Amar Jaleel) / 37. The City of Sorrows (Intizar Hussain)

 

This book features in: Literature and Fiction Short Stories Bangladesh Liberation War

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