An inconvenient love.

Yeh ishq nahin asaan
Itna to samajh lijiye
Ik aag ka daryaa hai....

Qurratulain Hyder, who passed away this morning, was among the most gifted writers of fiction in Urdu. Her most celebrated work Aag ka Darya (1959) was "transcreated" by her in 1998 and has appeared as River of Fire a publication of Women Unlimited, New Delhi. The title is currently oyut of stock, but rumour has it that it will be reprinted soon...

Much praise came her way for her prose. Pankaj Mishra said in the New York Review of Books that her writing "has a magisterial ambition and technical resourcefulness rarely seen before in Urdu fiction. (...) Hyder employs diverse genres -- letters, chronicles, parables, journals -- to present her melancholy vision of the corrosions of time." And in The Times Literary Supplement, "… Hyder has a place alongside her exact contemporaries, Milan Kundera and Gabriel Garcia Marquez". As a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, she was widely acclaimed for pioneering novel techniques in Urdu fiction. Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Jnanpith, Nehru, Ghalib... many awards, which she carried with distinction.

Our website, Scholars without Borders carries some of her books in translation, but we should have more. And we shall. Look for her in our Translation, Gender Studies, and Literature sections.