Description or summary of the book: An NYRB Classics Original Basti is a beautifully written reckoning with the tragic history of Pakistan. Basti means settlement, a common place, and Intizar Husain's extraordinary novel begins with a mythic, even mystic, vision of harmony between old and young, man and woman, Muslim and Hindu. Then Zakir, the hero, wakes to the modern world. Crowds gather. Slogans echo. Cities burn. Whether hunkered down with family or furtively meeting to exchange news with friends in cafés, Zakir is alone in a country lost to the politics of loneliness.
Estimated reading time (average reader): 17H36M15S
Other categories, genre or collection: Religious & Spiritual Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Studies: General, Political & Legal, Asian History
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