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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.


River of Fire

Fiction by Qurratulain Hyder

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