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ThePityofPartition Lawrence Stone Lectures Sponsored by The Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and Princeton University Press 2011 A list of titles in this series appears at the back of the book. Ayesha Jalal ThePityofPartition Manto’sLife, Times,andWork acrossthe India-­Pakistan Divide Princeton University Press Princeton and Oxford Copyright © 2013 by Princeton University Press Published by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1TW Jacket photographs: Manto in a pensive mood, Lahore. Courtesy of the Manto archive. Indian refugees crowd onto trains as a result of the creation of two independent states, India and Pakistan, 1947, Amritsar, India. © Bettmann/CORBIS All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jalal, Ayesha. The pity of partition : Manto’s life, times, and work across the India-Pakistan divide / Ayesha Jalal. p.    cm. — (Lawrence Stone lectures) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-691-15362-9 (hardcover : acid-free paper) 1. Manto, Sa’adat Hasan, 1912–1955—Criticism and interpretation. 2. Manto, Sa’adat Hasan, 1912–1955—Political and social views. 3. Manto, Sa’adat Hasan, 1912–1955—Correspondence. 4. India— History—Partition, 1947. 5. India-Pakistan Conflict, 1947–1949. 6. South Asia— History—20th century. 7. South Asia—In literature. 8. Authors, Urdu—20th century—Biography. 9. Short stories, Urdu—History and criticism. 10. Narration (Rhetoric)—Political aspects—South Asia—History—20th century. I. Title. PK2199.H338Z687 2012 891.4’3936—dc23 2012024142 British Library Cataloging-­in-­Publication Data is available This book has been composed in Garamond Premier Pro Printed on acid-­free paper. ∞ Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In loving memory of Safia Khala—­ a wonderful aunt, caring mother, and gentle-­mannered soul who stoically stood by Manto through his highs and lows. ...


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