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A chronicle of the peacocks : stories of partition, exile and lost memories

Author: Intiz̤ār Ḥusain
Publisher: Delhi ; New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The fifteen stories in this volume are all characterized by Intizar Husain's unique understanding of Muslim identity in the Indian subcontinent. Husain draws freely and imaginatively upon the rich narrative traditions of Hindu and Buddhist mythologies to reflect upon religious faith and identity, historical truth and moral delusions, power and the endless failure of reason." "The introduction offers a comprehensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Intiz̤ār Ḥusain
ISBN: 0195671740 9780195671742
OCLC Number: 156744652
Language Note: Translated from the Urdu.
Description: xviii, 257 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. An unwritten epic --
2. Complete knowledge --
3. The city of sorrows --
4. A letter from India --
5. Tortoise --
6. The boat --
7. The one-eyed Dajjal --
8. The story of the parrot and the mynah --
9. Leaves --
10. Platform --
11. Barium carbonate --
12. Hisaar --
13. The staircase --
14. The jungle of the Gonds --
15. A chronicle of the peacocks --
Partition, exile and memories of a lost home : an interview with Intizar Husain / Alok Bhalla.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Intizar Husain ; introduced by Alok Bhalla.

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The fifteenth stories in this volume, introduced by Alok Bhalla, Draw upon the rich narrative traditions of Hindu and Buddhist mythologies and characterize Intizar Husain's unique understanding of  Read more...

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