Naim Sahib just emailed that the renowned Urdu author – Qurratulain Hyder has passed away at the age of 80.
“There was no one like her when she was alive. Future generations will place her above Ismat and the rest. She was the best writer of her generation, male or female. And said more and more profoundly than any of them. Her place in Urdu literature is secure beyond anyone else’s, except Manto.” — Naim
Some links: You can read Naim Sahib’s introduction from A Season of Betrayals: A short story and two novellas – a collection translated by him – which contains full biographical notes on Hyder; an excellent recording of her reading at LOC’s South Asian Literary Recordings Project; a recent post about her work by Hirsh Sawhney; an essay on Aag ka Darya by KumKum Sangari.