The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction, Qurratulain Hyder’s River of Fire was first published as Aag ka Darya in 1959. River of Fire encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia: Gautam, Champa, Kamal, and Cyril––Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian. In different eras, different relations form and reform among the four: romance and war, possession and dispossession. Lyrical and witty, Hyder’s prose interweaves parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: River of Fire is a book that questions the relevance of religion in defining Indian identity.published June 1st, 2003
To Urdu fiction what One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Hispanic literature.—The London Times Literary Supplement
Now available as a paperback, the most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction.