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The tale of the missing man : a novel / Manzoor Ahtesham ; translated from the Hindi by Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark.

Antesham, Manzoor, 1948- (author.). Grunebaum, Jason, (translator.). Stark, Ulrike, Dr. phil., (translator.).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Coatesville-Clay Twp PL - Coatesville F AHTESHAM (Text) 78321000024145 Adult Fiction Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette FIC AHT (Text) 31951004327125 Main Floor - New Arrivals Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780810137585
  • ISBN: 0810137585
  • Physical Description: 265 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2018.

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A novel of a heroic quest gone awry, The Tale of the Missing Man artfully twists the conventions of the Urdu romance, or dastan, tradition, where heroes chase brave exploits that are invariably rewarded by love. The hero if Ahtesham's tale, living in the fast-changing city of Bhopal during the 1970s and '80s, suffers an identity crisis of epic proportions: he is lost, missing, and unknown both to himself and to others. The result is a twofold quest in which the fate of the protagonist and writer become inextricably and ironically linked. The lost hero sets out in search of himself, while the author goes in search of the lost hero, his fictionalized alter ego.
Awards Note:
Winner of the Global Humanities Translation Prize.
Subject: Muslims > India > Bhopal > Social conditions > Fiction.
Bhopal (India) > Social conditions > Fiction.

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