Mottled Dawn; Fifty Sketches and Stories of Partition

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Mottled Dawn is a collection of Saadat Hasan Manto s most powerful pieces on the Partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947. The book includes unforgettable stories like Toba Tek Singh , The Return , The Assignment , Colder Than Ice and many more, bringing alive the most tragic event in the history of the Indian subcontinent.

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Saadat Hasan Manto, the most widely read and the most controversial short-story writer in Urdu, was born on 11 May 1912 at Samrala in Punjab s Ludhiana district.

In a literary, journalistic, radio scripting and film-writing career spread over more than two decades, he produced twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches and many scripts for films.

He was tried for obscenity half a dozen times, thrice before and thrice after independence. Some of Manto s greatest work was produced in the last seven years of his life, a time of great financial and emotional hardship for him.

He died several months short of his forty-third birthday, in January 1955, in Lahore.

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The undisputed master of the modern Indian short story. --Salman Rushdie

Manto s stories will endure as perhaps the best work of fiction on the Partition and its painful impact on the Indo-Pak ethos... --Indian Express

There is still no literary rival to Manto...(and) as communalism, religious intolerance and enmity between India and Pakistan continue to grow, his stories are still highly relevant. --Independent

Manto s stories will endure as perhaps the best work of fiction on the Partition and its painful impact on the Indo-Pak ethos... --Indian Express

There is still no literary rival to Manto...(and) as communalism, religious intolerance and enmity between India and Pakistan continue to grow, his stories are still highly relevant. --Independent

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