Bombay Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto

By Saadat Hasan Manto

A suite of vintage, but shockingly modern, brief tales set within the bright international of mid-century Bombay, from considered one of India’s maximum writers.

Arriving in Nineteen Thirties Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto found a urban like no different. A city for all, and a thrilling hub of license and liberty, bursting with either inventive power and helpless despondency.

A journalist, screenwriter, and editor, Manto is better referred to as a grasp of the quick tale, and Bombay used to be his lifelong muse. Vividly bringing to existence the city’s seedy underbelly—the prostitutes, pimps, and gangsters that crammed its streets—as good because the aspiring writers and actors who arrived searching for repute, listed below are all of Manto’s Bombay-based tales, jointly in English for the first actual time.

By turns funny and fantastical, Manto’s stories are the provocative and unflinching lives of these forgotten by way of humanity.

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