Two novels by Rahman Abbas, a Sahitya Akademi award winning novelist in Urdu, have been picked by Penguin Random House for their Vintage imprint, which is known to publish “the world’s most thought provoking and powerful books”. Both the novels are acclaimed. Rohzin won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2018 and Khuda Ke Saaye Mein Aankh Micholi was awarded the Maharashtra State Akademi Award in 2011.
Rahman Abbas said, “I have lost many things in my life due to my decision to write my novels, exactly as I wanted to write them but fortunately, I have regained a lot without compromising on my writing. The news that my two novels would be published by Penguin-Random House in English has pleased me beyond words. It’s like a dream coming true before my eyes. I’m very thankful to Zafar Anjum of Kitaab and Jayapriya Vasudevan of Jacaranda for having made it possible.”
Zafar Anjum, founder of Kitaab, commented, “I met Rahman Abbas during a literary event and was deeply impressed by his humane outlook and global vision–for him, literature is a living experience that connects readers across borders, cultures and languages. He is one of the most exciting writers writing in Urdu today. Kitaab has been privileged to be a part of his novels’ journey in translation. He is a writer the world should read.”
Read more about his novels in this press release.
Dear Reader, Please Support Kitaab!
Help promote Asian writing and writers. Become a Donor today!