October 1, 2023


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Literary News: Reception of Zindeeq in India and Pakistan – A large canvas novel by Rahman Abbas

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Sahitya Akademi winning writer Rahman Abbas’s latest novel Zindeeq has been receiving rave reviews across the globe writes Sana Usman.

Zindeeq (Heretic) is the most awaited novel by critically acclaimed Urdu novelist Rahman Abbas, who has bagged the Sahitya Akademi Award for his fourth Novel Rohzin in 2018. Rohzin has already been translated into German and this year its English, French, and Hindi translations are expected this year. Zindeeq is the fifth novel by Rahman Abbas and for its creative process, or research on the subject the author has received an International Research Grant funded by the ‘Crossing Borders’ program of the ‘Robert Bosch Foundation’ and the ‘Literarisches Colloquium, Berlin’.

The author visited Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and France in search of traces of the concentration camps and to understand how Hitler’s regime or Nazism had affected Germany and Europe. How the racist philosophy had gained power in Europe and what lessons India and Pakistan can learn from the Nazi past of Germany. The novel is also a comparative study between the Nazi past of Germany and the possible threat to minorities in Pakistan and India.

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