Monday, 10 November 2014

The much-awaited collection of stories from a contemporary master

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's ‘The Sun That Rose From The Earth’
is brilliantly imagined and beautifully written stories of the great Urdu poets.

Penguin presents
the rapturous
The Sun That Rose From The Earth
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Poets and poetry occupy centre stage in this marvellous collection of stories by the celebrated master of Urdu prose. A young Rajput orphaned by the revolt of 1857 travels many years later from Cawnpore to Delhi to get the Divan of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib autographed by the great poet himself. Young Mir Taqi Mir, a rising star in the world of poetry, meets the first great love of his life, Nurus Saadat, an exquisite beauty from Isfahan.

The poets—historical figures ranging from Ghalib, Mirza Jan-e Janan, Budh Singh Qalandar, Amir Khan Anjam, Mir, Kishan Chand Ikhlas, Haidar Ali Atash, Mushafi and many more—compose remarkable poems, find patrons, make love, fight their enemies, and earn their sustenance. Brilliantly reimagined by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, these figures are transformed into vital, breathing beings alive in all their flawed magnificence.

Set in the great cities of north India and spanning the glittering age of the Mughals, The Sun That Rose from the Earth offers richly elegant and superbly realized portraits, from a time past, of those who exemplify the land and culture of Hindustan.
The author:
Acclaimed writer Shamsur Rahman Faruqi is also modern Urdu’s most celebrated critic. He was editor and publisher of the highly regarded literary journal Shabkhoon, and is the author of a landmark four-volume study of the poet Mir Taqi Mir, and another four-volume work on Urdu’s immense oral romance, Dastan-e Amir Hamza. He received the prestigious Saraswati Samman in 1996 for his contribution to Urdu literature. Faruqi’s magnificent novel The Mirror of Beauty was published to rapturous praise in 2013.

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