As extremists do not read literature, we are safe: Pakistani writer Intizar Husain


Among the most acclaimed Urdu writers in the world today, Pakistani writer Intizar Husain, 91, is known for works such as Basti, Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Jataka Tales and Janam Kahanian. His rich repertoire of short stories draws from the oral traditions and myths of the subcontinent, the kathas and Ramlilas he witnessed during his childhood in India, and that he reimagines and reinterprets in his narratives. A frequent visitor to India, he was recently in New Delhi to attend the release of a translation of his short stories, The Death of Sheherzad (Harper Perennial).

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