Fault Lines is the first anthology containing stories from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, the United States and the United Kingdom on the theme of 1971. It obliges readers from the subcontinent to ask pertinent questions about their own history. What was a Pakistani soldier thinking when he was ordered to shoot unarmed women and children? How do women who fare worst in times of turmoil and tyranny cope when they become helpless victims of atrocities? Were all Bengalis brave? Were all army men evil? Discover quiet heroism in the painful tales from a turbulent time as the writers try to come to grips with 1971 and beyond. The anthology should be essential reading for those interested in that period as well as in riveting fiction. The insightful introduction by the co-editors draws upon their personal experiences in 1971 and suggests the context of these writings. Three more stories have been added in this revised and extended edition.
Niaz Zaman has edited several anthologies, including Selected Stories from Bangladesh, 1971 and After, The Escape and Other Stories. Her study of the Partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, won the Atwar Hussain Award of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the National Archives Award. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.
Asif Farrukhi is a fiction writer and critic. He has published seven collections of short stories, the latest of which is Samundar Ki Chori, and two books of literary essays. He has edited Fires in an Autumn Garden, An Evening of Caged Beasts: Seven Post-modernist Urdu Poets, co-edited and translated with Frances Pritchett, and An Anthology of Pakistani Fiction, co-edited with Intizar Hussian. He is the founder-editor of Duniyazad, a literary journal. He has translated widely from world literature and South Asian literature into Urdu and is a creative writer with seven collections of short stories to his credit.