Aag Ka Darya / ??? ?? ???? by Qurratulain HyderThe most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction.
First published in 1959, Aag ka Darya encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia: Gautam, Champa, Kamal, and Cyril—Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. In different eras different relations form and reform among the four: romance and war, possession and dispossession. Interweaving parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, Hyders prose is lyrical and witty. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: Aag ka Darya is a book that questions the relevance of religion in defining Indian identity.
Reviews for the English translation:
A glorious tapestry of Indias history....Brilliant and thought-provoking...this book is fascinating! -- India Edghill, Historical Novels Review, February 2004
A rich and ancient tapestry, interweaving the tiny threads of individual human experience into a panoramic spread of cultural diversity. -- Linda B. Osborne, WorldView, November/December 2004
An Urdu classic with a breathtakingly vast canvas. -- Outlook
Hyder is a wonderful writer. Hers is one of the most important Indian voices of the twentieth century. -- Amitov Ghosh
To Urdu fiction what A Hundred Years of Solitude is to Hispanic Literature. -- Times Literary Supplement
QURAT UL AIN HAIDER
Urdu novel aag ka darya
Qurratulain Hyder was verily a legendary writer. Her Novel Aag ka Darya is really a master piece of writing. May her soul rest in heavens! Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider. One of the most outstanding literary names in Urdu literature, she is most known for her magnum opus, Aag Ka Darya River of Fire , a novel first published in Urdu in , that stretches from 4th century BC to post partition of India.
In the world of Urdu literature , there are very few things upon which critics and readers unanimously agree. One such agreement is that Quratulain Haider is the greatest Urdu novelist ever, far superior and ahead of all her contemporaries, predecessors and successors. She was something unique that happened to Urdu literature. It is unlikely that a writer of her caliber and skill would grace the language again. Let us take a glimpse beyond those great books, into the life and personality of the great woman.
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