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- DescriptionThe Crooked Line is the story of Shamman, a force of nature who rebels against attempts to raise her as a traditional Indian woman. Shipped off to boarding school by her family, she grows into a woman caught up in political unrest, and her passion for India's independence becomes entangled with her passion for an Irish journalist. Writing with honesty and passion, Ismat Chughtai exposes the complex relationships between women living and working in relative seclusion, and the intellectual and emotional contradictions lying in the heart of a rebellious country battling tradition, cultural expectations, and an uncertain future on the brink of independence from the British Raj and ultimately Partition.
- Author BiographyBorn in 1915 in Badayun, a small Indian town, to a well-to-do family, Ismat Chunghtai began writing about topics that were considered taboo in conventional Muslim society long before being published. Her first and most famous published story, Lihaaf ( The Quilt ), which involved a lesbian relationship between the beautiful wife of a wealthy landlord and her servant maid, outraged and awed many. At first presumed to have been written by a man, The Quilt was considered pornographic by the then British government and Chughtai was charged with obscenity. The trial lasted four years before she was acquitted. After a brief stint as a teacher at a girls school in Bareilly, Chughtai went on to Aligarh Muslim University to train as a teacher. In 1941 she married Shahid Latif, a filmmaker, with whom she had two daughters. By 1943 she devoted her career to writing, and became a member of the Progressive Writer s Group. Chugtai has also written one other explicitly feminist novel Ziddi ( The Stubborn One ) and a number of short-story collections: Chotan ( Wounds ), Kaliyan ( Buds ), and Chui Mui. She died in India in 1992.
- Author(s)Ismat Chughtai
- PublisherFeminist Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2006
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintFeminist Press
- Weight503 g
- Width151 mm
- Height214 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Translated byTahira Naqvi
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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