By Syeda Hameed
When I first set eyes on Mahmood Farooqui’s book, A Requiem For Pakistan, I had just returned from Pakistan, where I met people who spoke with love and awe of the subject of this book. Novelist and poet Intizar Husain had died a few months ago. The Pakistan I saw was vibrant, then why “requiem”, I asked. The answer came to me as I reached the last page of the book; both the protagonists of the book were speaking to me. Husain writes, “Every affliction that falls from the sky and every turbulence that arises from earth comes asking for (the) address of Pakistan and having arrived here takes us into its arms.”
The book is not about one but two journeys, that of Husain and Farooqui; it is hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. “I keep inserting my story and words into this account of Intizar’s life in the hope that I too may exalt my status,” Farooqui writes. Read more
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Hussain’s personality and his works were discussed from time to time at various sessions, being recalled for his versatile writing and contribution to Pakistani literature: Daily Times
Distinguished authors and prominent speakers paid glowing tribute to the renowned Intizar Hussain during the 7th Karachi Literature Festival.
Hussain had not only contributed richly to Urdu literature but he was one of the keynote speakers at literature festivals of the past many years.
Hussain’s personality and his works were discussed from time to time at various sessions and he was being recalled for his versatile writing and contribution to Pakistani literature, which also has global standing. Read more
Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in Delhi to celebrate and explore the spirit of the language.
The two-day “Jashn-e-Rekhta” festival will begin March 14 and will bring together 60 renowned personalities from both the countries to celebrate Urdu language through performances, recitations, dastangoi, musical renditions, mushaira, dramas, panel discussions, film screenings and interactive sessions. Read more
The third edition of the Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) commenced Friday, a media report said.
The festival was founded in 2012 and was first launched in 2013, Dawn online reported. Read more
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).
Pakistani novelist Intizar Husain was awarded the French honour, Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), this year by Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud at a hotel in Lahore. After Manto, he is the best-known Pakistani writer in the world. What kind of fiction does he write?
In his own critique of literature in Dawn earlier this year, he wrote: “One big difficulty with our modern fiction is that it has developed a love for an intellectualised mode of expression. Perhaps it started with the emergence of the trends of symbolism and abstraction in our short story. Firstly, these trends had an intellectual attitude inherent in them. In addition, those were the years when Sartre was very much in vogue in our literary and intellectual circles. We discovered that a philosophy known as existentialism was associated with his name. This came to stay as an added charm to his literary reputation and it worked well with us.”
Author Intizar Husain talks on how the 1947 partition inspired him to write: Meena Menon in The Hindu
Writing was a hobby for Intizar Husain. He has a B.A. in English Literature, Urdu and Persian, and a Masters in Urdu. He enjoyed literary criticism; and didn’t like fiction much. But on June 3, 1947, his life was turned on its head. He had just completed his Masters in Meerut, when people began to flee the city.
“Every day, one house would be locked up and there was tension in the air. Soon the riots began,” Husain recalls in an interview on the sidelines of the second Islamabad Literature Festival. Read more