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  • POEMS BY FAIZ

    Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Urdu poet of social realism by Estelle Dryland. The task of a translator, of works composed in a language unrelated to his own is to capture at least an echo of the original, adapt and absorb it into his own language while effectively adhering to the laws of the pre-existing text. In this work, an attempt has been made to capture and appropriate the spirit of a different land and a different language with the aim of reproducing this spirit in a form which will effectively reveal the rich cultural and history of that land, and more specifically of Urdu poetry to Australian and New Zealand readers. The question may well be posed: how is it possible for a female citizen of an ostensibly secular, multi-cultural country, which in its own particular complexity, blends a forty thousand year history of aboriginal inhabitants with a two hundred year history of European settlement, to attempt to interpret the work of a male poet, born against the background of a turbulent, polytheistic, oppressive, imperialist-dominated Indian subcontinent, and whose orientation was to be dislocated following Partition? The answer is believed by the author to lie in the transcendence of social and geographical limitations by a commonness of human experience – related instincts which cut across cultural boundaries, plus in some form of intellectual affinity with the poet, in this case Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

    An Introduction to the Poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz by IMDAD HUSAIN FAIZ AHMED FAIZ (1911-1984), poet, teacher, editor, freedom fighter, dramatist, critic, progressive writer and Lenin Peace Prize recipient, was the author of eight collections of poems in Urdu and is considered one of the great poets of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. He was no mere ‘dreamer of dreams’. Great poets like Faiz are warriors and act as the conscience in their times. Countries have frontiers but the war against slavery and exploitation has no frontier. Faiz espoused the cause of freedom in Pakistan, and for the peoples of the world. He ranks with poets like Pablo Neruda, Nizam Hikmat and Louis Aragon. His poetry, rich with the classical blood of Ghalib and lqbal, acquired a characteristic hue and he excelled in both the nazm and ghazal form, blazing a trail of love and revolution. This is the first English language study to be published anywhere of the poetry of Faiz and a critical appreciation of his life and times.

    The Life and Works of Saadat Hassan Manto

    Another Lonely Life by Leslie Fleming, Tahir Naqvi, is the first full-length study of the life and works of Manto to appear in the thirty years since his death. Considering that he was amongst the foremost of the Urdu short story writers associated with the Progressive Writers Movement as well as a powerful influence on the current generation of Urdu writers, it was time indeed to remedy this literary situation.


    ISBN: W4005
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
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    Author: V. G. KIERNAN

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