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River Of Fire [Paperback]

Qurratulain Hyder
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May 27 2003
The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction.

Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire makes a bid to be recognized in the West as what it has long been acknowledged in the East: the most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. First published as Aag ka Darya in 1959, River of Fire 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, Hyder's prose is lyrical and witty. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: River of Fire is a book that insists on the irrelevance of religion in defining Indian identity.


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By Adnan
Format:Hardcover
The story begins with Nilambar Gautam, a forest university student who travels the country at the time when Buddhist ideas were sweeping through India, he mets Hari Shanker a Buddhist and falls in love with Champa, the time passes and the next Gautam, Hari Shanker and Champa surface in new era- this time it is Moghul era and the arrival of Islam in India. Abul Mansoor Kamaluddin arrives from Baghdad and meets Champa, Hari and Gautam. The characters depict the civilisational conflicts, the mingling of the two great religions and the shaping of the new nation. The third era begins with the Europian advent in Asia and with Cyril Ashley, an English, the fourth character arrives in the book. The four characters return in successive periods in different roles until the bloody partition changes the geographical boundaries of the country. The magnificent description, the vast continuum of time and the canvas of the novel places it at par with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, if not above. Had the book translated when it had been written, the author would have been ranked above Kundera and Marquez today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great novel March 11 2000
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the finest pieces of literature I have read. There is history, philosophy, psychology and above all human relationship. I like the engaging style, the weaving of the events and the passion that can be seen through the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, enchanting and a victim of regional bias Dec 10 2001
By Adnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The story begins with Nilambar Gautam, a forest university student who travels the country at the time when Buddhist ideas were sweeping through India, he mets Hari Shanker a Buddhist and falls in love with Champa, the time passes and the next Gautam, Hari Shanker and Champa surface in new era- this time it is Moghul era and the arrival of Islam in India. Abul Mansoor Kamaluddin arrives from Baghdad and meets Champa, Hari and Gautam. The characters depict the civilisational conflicts, the mingling of the two great religions and the shaping of the new nation. The third era begins with the Europian advent in Asia and with Cyril Ashley, an English, the fourth character arrives in the book. The four characters return in successive periods in different roles until the bloody partition changes the geographical boundaries of the country. The magnificent description, the vast continuum of time and the canvas of the novel places it at par with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, if not above. Had the book translated when it had been written, the author would have been ranked above Kundera and Marquez today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great novel March 11 2000
By Abida Ripley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the finest pieces of literature I have read. There is history, philosophy, psychology and above all human relationship. I like the engaging style, the weaving of the events and the passion that can be seen through the pages.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant novel that deserves a retranslation March 2 2014
By Tyree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Buy this novel and read it. It's a classic of world literature, especially worthwhile for anyone interested in South Asian, post-colonial, or feminist literature. The "River of Fire" refers to the Buddha's Fire Sermon via T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." The one caveat is that the translation was done by Qurratulain Hyder herself. In places it's clear that the prose is inadequate to the novel's ideas and structure. My hope is someone worthy eventually gives this novel the translation it deserves.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Sept. 23 2013
By Arif Subhan, CCE, FACCE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A great book to read over and over again. The writer finished the book in 1954 but reveals signs of events that took place 17 years later with such a deep insight, it is just amazing. Its a very thorough analysis of the mixing of cultures and religions which is India, with an incisive and eye opening view.
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