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Focus Saadat Hasan Manto
Translated from the Urdu by Matthew Reeck and Aftab Ahmad

When I left Delhi to return to Bombay, I was upset because it meant parting with good friends and a job my wife approved of—stable, easy work that netted us 250 rupees the first of each month. Nevertheless I was suddenly overcome by a desire to leave, and not even my wife’s crying and carrying on could dissuade me.

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No. 07

No. 07


Saadat Hasan Manto was one of the leading Urdu short story writers of the twentieth century. His work translated into English has appeared in The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World of the 1940s (Penguin), and Words Without Borders. 



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