Death is Iconic

This summer, Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds of civilians, bombing schools and hospitals, and even UNRWA shelters. This might just have been another chapter in the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, but this summer, there was something new: an unprecedented number of photographs and videos made it through to the international community via [...]

There’s something about Rats

My new interview with Amitava Kumar about his book A Matter of Rats, out from Duke University Press, is up on Bookslut. Here's a sneak peak: You discuss a Hindi short story in your book, in which the three kilometers the young heroine must walk to college each day is described in three phases, and [...]

Announcing my new novel, Taste

Excited to announce that my new novel, Taste, will be out from Foxhead Books in early April. Here's the amazing trailer directed by Carl Sprague and edited by Brett Marty: [tube][/tube] You can pre-order the book here. A vimeo version is in the works for those of you outside the YouTube frontier. And here's the [...]

The Story of Aath Din

Prashansa Taneja is currently working on a translation of Upendranath Ashk's memoir of his supposed enmity with Manto, "Manto: Mera Dushman". Below is an excerpt which chronicles Manto and Ashk's time together working at Filmistan in the early forties. The two first worked together in AIR Delhi along with Krishan Chander and other Hindi/Urdu writers. [...]

Taking Liberties

Here's a new interview with me about my translations of Upendranath Ashk's short stories compiled in Hats and Doctors. Here's an excerpt, on metaphors for the relationship between the writer and the translator: Can you give us a metaphor for the relationship between a translator and a writer? That’s a good question! For some reason [...]

--- Since my review of Ayesha Jalal's new biography of her great uncle Saadat Hasan Manto came out in Caravan Magazine, I've received loads of praise for my courage. But the fact of the matter is it doesn't take a lot of courage to write a critical review of a senior scholar if you've got [...]

Zabardast Ashk

About seventeen years ago, I started a project translating a collection of the Hindi author Upendranath Ashk's short stories. The project has had a checkered career but is finally coming to fruition in March 2013 from Penguin India. The collection will be called Hats and Doctors, and two excerpts are now available online, one from [...]

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