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Ismat Chughtai

Ismat Chughtai (1911–91) was Urdu’s most courageous and controversial woman writer in the twentieth century. She carved a niche for herself among her contemporaries of Urdu fiction writers—Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto and Krishan Chander—by introducing areas of experience not explored before. Her work not only transformed the complexion of Urdu fiction, it brought about an attitudinal change in the assessment of literary works. Although a spirited member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement in India, she spoke vehemently against its orthodoxy and inflexibility. Often perceived of as a feminist writer, Chughtai explored female sexuality while also exploring other dimensions of social and existential reality.

Books by Ismat Chughtai

A Life in Words, the first complete translation of...

A Life in Words
Ismat ChughtaiM. Asaduddin

A Life in Words, the first complete translation of...

A Life in Words
Ismat ChughtaiM. Asaduddin

At a time when writing by and about women was rare...

Lifting the Veil
Ismat ChughtaiM. Asaduddin

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eBooks by Ismat Chughtai

A Life in Words, the first complete translation of...

A Life in Words
Ismat ChughtaiM. Asaduddin

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