ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Abdullah Hussein and The Weary Generations

Abdullah Hussein's Udaas Naslain and The Weary Generations, a self-translation of the former, published 33 years apart, should be treated as independent works. The Weary Generations, which has now attained the status of an aphorism in 21st century Pakistan, commands a revisitation.

It is rare for a translated work to survive the legacy and celebration of the original work. Yet, in the Indian subcontinent in the 20th century, such is the case with two celebrated novels, namely, Qurratulain Hyder’s Aag ka Darya and Abdullah Hussein’s Udaas Naslain, published in 1959 and 1963, respectively. Both novels, perhaps for reasons of enhancing the international reputation of their authors, were self-translated into English in 1998 and 1999, respectively.

It is the latter work which concerns us here, in the year that celebrates the 69th anniversary of the partition of India into two sovereign nation states, and Hussein’s 85th birthday, incidentally both falling on 14 August.

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