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Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto Widely Renowned As The Best Short Story Writer In Urdu, Manto S Stories Were Mostly Written Against The Milieu Of The Partition Bitter Fruit Presents The Best Collection Of Manto S Writings, From His Short Stories, Plays And Sketches, To Portraits Of Cinema Artists, A Few Pieces On Himself, And His Letters To Uncle Sam Which Have References To Communism, Russia, Politics After The Partition And His Own Financial Condition The Concluding Section Of The Book Has Acknowledgements And Reminiscences From Saadat S Friends And Relatives Bitter Fruit Includes Stories Like A Wet Afternoon, The Return, A Believer S Version, Toba Tek Singh, Colder Than Ice, The Assignment, Odour, By The Roadside, Bribing The Almighty, The Kingdom S End, The Woman In The Red Raincoat, The Room With The Bright Light, The Great Divide, The Angel, Siraj, An Old Fashioned Man, The Price Of Freedom, It Happened In 1919, The Girl From Delhi, A Man Of God, Free For All, And A Tale Of 1947 There Is A Collection Of Sketches Too Manto Used To Write Radio Plays And This Book Has One Of The Dramas He Penned, Called In This Vortex His Short Stories Bring Out The Most Delicate Nuances Of Human Nature.


10 thoughts on “Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto

  1. says:

    Without giving an impression of bragging I would say that I have read quiet a lot of fiction authors. but till date I have not found someone like Manto. in fact I have no words to describe my adoration for him..I think his death happened at an age when most of the authors only start gaining fame, and we lost the master of short stories There can be a debate as to whether Mant


  2. says:

    Manto was a controversial writer of his times and while reading his stories you come to understand why that might have been the case These stories, which I imagine to have been inspired from real life instances, present to us the ethos of a world long gone, of a country which witnessed turmoil of Partition and of the people who lived through those times Manto writes plainly, e


  3. says:

    Saadat Hasan Manto has had a relatively short live He was born in Punjab in 1912 and died in 1955 Lahore, in the newly created Pakistan Barely 43 years But the majority of this years he was writing His language was Urdu He has never finished any formal education failed the school s exams dropped out of the university as well In spite of it, he started from translating Victor Hu


  4. says:

    The mastery of Hasan s writing is most evident in his ability to convey all the intricacies of human desire without actually saying anything overtly He is deceptively simple and makes the reader work for the illumination In a word brilliant.You ll want to purchase your own copy of this collection because the short stories deserve multiple readings followed by lively discussions


  5. says:

    it is possible to get shocked even in 2018 when reading saadat hasan manto because he seems to take a perverse joy in writing about how ordinary the fucked up is, but his words could not have been written without deep compassion and love, the kind that comes from clear sight


  6. says:

    After reading the introduction by translator Khalid Hasan and then reading Manto s account of his friendship with Ashok Kumar, the Bollywood superstar of the Forties and Fifties, I fell in love with the book I had borrowed it from the Just Books library, so I would have to return it at some point The thought of having to give it back saddened me, though, so I decided to order my o


  7. says:

    When I heard that Manto was a writer that was continually boycotted and banned in India, I figured it was because of the typical puritanical culture reaction to media reasons but after reading these stories, some of them are DARK Still, Manto writes in such a beautiful manner and develops exquisite scenes, it s no wonder he is considered the best Urdu writer Wholeheartedly recommen


  8. says:

    Fantastic English translations of Manto s Urdu short stories, plays, letters, and essays I will have to read the original Urdu versions, but if the English renditions are any indication, the stories bring out Manto s mastery of varied story telling techniques that touch upon a range of taboo subjects in the Subcontinent that still resonate strongly today What I love about Manto is h


  9. says:

    Manto s favorite friend Shyam a contemporary actor recalls the days when Manto was disillusioned after his migration to Lahore Manto told Shyam in clear cut fashion Saadat Hassan will perish, but Manto will live on forever.It is this unwavering honesty that kept Manto alive His body of work will keep him breathing and flourishing in the times to come After Partition, Manto always fac


  10. says:

    To do justice to this review would be a difficult task because of sheer quality of stories that I ended up reading The emotions, narratives and manner of storytelling in each of the masterful stories is so compelling that you would not just enjoy them but also it would linger on deep in your minds even after they have ended.These are stories that talk to you and pull you out of slumbe


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