Bombay Stories

Bombay Stories

eBook - 2014 | First Vintage International edition.
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A collection of classic, yet shockingly contemporary, short stories set in the vibrant world of mid-century Bombay, from one of India's greatest writers. Arriving in 1930s Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto discovered a city like no other. A metropolis for all, and an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, bursting with both creative energy and helpless despondency. A journalist, screenwriter, and editor, Manto is best known as a master of the short story, and Bombay was his lifelong muse. Vividly bringing to life the city's seedy underbelly'the prostitutes, pimps, and gangsters that filled its streets'as well as the aspiring writers and actors who arrived looking for fame, here are all of Manto's Bombay-based stories, together in English for the very first time. By turns humorous and fantastical, Manto's tales are the provocative and unflinching lives of those forgotten by humanity.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9780804170611
0804170614
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Aḥmad, Āftāb
Reeck, Matt
Contents: Khushiya
Ten rupees
Barren
The insult
Smell
Babu Gopi North
Janaki
Peerun
Rude
Hamid's baby
Mummy
Siraj
Mozelle
Mammad Bhai.
Summary: A collection of classic, yet shockingly contemporary, short stories set in the vibrant world of mid-century Bombay, from one of India's greatest writers. Arriving in 1930s Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto discovered a city like no other. A metropolis for all, and an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, bursting with both creative energy and helpless despondency. A journalist, screenwriter, and editor, Manto is best known as a master of the short story, and Bombay was his lifelong muse. Vividly bringing to life the city's seedy underbelly'the prostitutes, pimps, and gangsters that filled its streets'as well as the aspiring writers and actors who arrived looking for fame, here are all of Manto's Bombay-based stories, together in English for the very first time. By turns humorous and fantastical, Manto's tales are the provocative and unflinching lives of those forgotten by humanity.

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peachmcd
Jul 26, 2018

The feel of the stories is semi-autobiographical - the author writes in the first person most of the time, but is clearly embellishing and inventing. His ground-level view of 1930s Bombay would be an amazing movie, but the writing is very rough. Introductory material makes it clear that this author was writing and selling stories quickly to make money to live on, so if you're looking for polish, keep looking. But what is lacking in literary polish is made up for in immediacy, insight, and compassion toward the sorts of people every society considers refuse.

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uncommonreader
Dec 31, 2017

In this book by the acclaimed Urdo-language short story writer, Manto tells 14 stories set in Bombay about the underclass of prostitutes and gangsters. Unbelievably, his stories are still banned in Pakistan.

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