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The Pursuit of Urdu Literature
The Pursuit of Urdu Literature
A Select History

By Ralph Russell

about the book
The Pursuit of Urdu Literature combines an introduction to one of the major literatures of the Indian sub-continent, with the refreshing insights of a man who has spent a life-time studying Urdu and interacting with Urdu speakers. He describes his bafflement on first encountering the poetry of the ghazal, held in the highest esteem by Urdu speakers but said to be almost impossible to translate. He sets the poetry, stories and early novels of Urdu against the social and political forces of the time, an essential entrée for readers new to this literature.

'Ralph Russell, unquestionably the outstanding Western scholar of Urdu of his generation, succeeded in working a magic in bringing his subject to life, rivalled by few teachers in Middle Eastern or Indian languages.' - Professor Christopher Shackle

Price: £9.99
ISBN: 1 85649 029 7
1st published by Zed Books
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