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In this collection of sixteen stories and three sketches, translated by Rakhshanda Jalil, Manto brazenly celebrates the warts of a seemingly decent society as well as its dark underbelly - tired and overworked prostitutes in 'The Candle's Tears' or 'Loser all the Way'; ruthless as also humane pimps in 'The Hundred Candle Watt Bulb' and 'Sahay'; the utter helplessness of meIn this collection of sixteen stories and three sketches, translated by Rakhshanda Jalil, Manto brazenly celebrates the warts of a seemingly decent society as well as its dark underbelly - tired and overworked prostitutes in 'The Candle's Tears' or 'Loser all the Way'; ruthless as also humane pimps in 'The Hundred Candle Watt Bulb' and 'Sahay'; the utter helplessness of men in the face of a sexual encounter in 'Naked Voices' and 'Coward'; and the madness perpetrated by the Partition as witnessed in 'By God!' and 'Yazid'. In one of the three sketches, which form part of this collection, the author brilliantly reveals himself to the world in a schizophrenic piece titled 'Saadat Hasan' calling 'Manto the writer' a liar, a thief and a failure! And in another titled 'In a Letter to Uncle Sam', Manto superbly couches his anti-imperialistic views in an innocent letter from a poor nephew to a capitalist and prosperous uncle in America....

Title : Naked Voices: Stories And Sketches
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ISBN : 9788186939420
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 141 Pages
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Naked Voices: Stories And Sketches Reviews

  • Vijetha
    2019-04-19 15:13

    "It is possible, however, that Saadat Hasan may die and Manto may not." Manto is a mental monster. He has no filters. No fucks to give. He writes about raw human (and inhuman) emotions with no qualms whatsoever. He makes you brood over your demons, and trust me, you too are going to absolutely love him, the magic he spins with his words and the sigh-spree that you're about to embark on.

  • Sahil
    2019-04-16 20:11

    This was my first exposure to Manto, and definitely won't be the last. Manto's writing is so powerful, comprehensive, and compact that I wish I could read his original Urdu work and not translations. The stories are so well written, that within the few pages that they occupy, they bare the souls of men and society. The raw, gritty, tones leave no space for fluff. Yet, they are thoroughly gripping. Manto successfully captures the essence of human struggle, and presents every character's point of view with complete justice.Manto's characters are not dark, they are all grey. The only villain in Manto's writing is society and the human collective, who can inflict upon each other atrocities like murder, rape, moral judgments and shame amongst other horrible acts. Yet, any individual performing these acts is shown to have his reasons, whether it be his conditioning, a result of wounds suffered by him, or a natural urge of one's sexual instincts. The lowliest of pimps has a heart of gold, the most upright person has desires that are deviant, the one considered civil has the rage to kill. All society's victims, yet the microfiber of society themselves.To be able to portray all these values in the short form, to be able make the reader empathize with all these characters without the luxury of building these characters up, and to be able to reflect on the dark evil side of society by raising numerous questions, is Manto's genius.

  • Ankita
    2019-04-11 11:50

    3.5/5I think I enjoyed those pieces the most in which Manto has written from his POV. Always interesting to know how/what he thinks. Always reminds me of Why I Write - another collection of essays by him.

  • Ubaid Talpur
    2019-04-16 18:18

    بھترین

  • Satyajeet
    2019-04-25 11:56

    In the letter, that's in this book, to his uncle Sam in America, Manto calls himself a great writer. I'm glad to know that he knew. A great collection of short stories.

  • Sandeep Gupta
    2019-04-17 15:50

    Saadat Hasan Manto's short stories have an Edgar Allan Poe's quality.They suck you in with grim tales of humanity, you start trusting thecharacter's instincts but when you are finally at rest within theshort narrative, they hit you with their darkest side leaving youbewildered and in awe of the author's masterly narration of this shortstory.I was a bit disapponted with the Introduction by translator which gave away the endings of too manystories. Instead of the sudden surprise at some point, these storiesnow became a time bomb where I knew what was coming but was holding mybreath to delay it as much as possible. (view spoiler)[ 'By the roadside' a brilliant story detailing a woman's anguish towards her lover who hasscorned her and went away. She rebuttals with herself about theexistence of her yet to be born baby, but I always knew that she isgoing to leave her baby at the roadside as told in the Introduction.The excellent fast paced short sentences towards the end onlyheightened my awareness about the imminent disposal of the baby. (hide spoiler)]

  • Xylosx
    2019-04-02 13:55

    Good book. Has a lot of manto's short stories (around 10-15) and three sketches. But they're not the best ones. I would recommend buying "Bitter Fruit". It is more comprehensive and has Manto's best works.And yeah, in case you buy this book or even "Bitter Fruit", don't read the introduction before the stories. It'll spoil the fun and the element of surprise. Read the introduction once you've read all the stories.

  • Shubhankar Shinde
    2019-04-19 18:53

    This is the first time that I have read Manto and I must say- I missed out on one of the best short stories ever written. Though I agree that literal translation from urdu would have been difficult but the translation could have been a little better. Having finished this book in a frenzy, I can't wait to get my hands on Manto's remaining work (possibly in hindi or urdu).

  • Book'd
    2019-04-25 16:49

    This was my first book by Manto.I have been hearing a lot about his writings being very bold and controversial in nature.This book contains short stories and sketches and each story is deeply moving and brutally honest.Loved the prose of every tale and looking forward to read his other books as well.

  • Pratik Kumar
    2019-03-27 19:17

    It is an introspection into what is called 'Life'. The 2nd story is a must read.

  • Shiva
    2019-04-10 19:55

    Brilliant! Manto is a masterful writer.

  • Rajni Dhanda
    2019-03-30 17:54

    an honest book... reveals what we try to hide ...