The Dog of Tithwal


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Published: Coming September 14, 2021


ISBN: 9781953861009 eISBN:9781953861016
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Book Description

Widely considered a reigning master of the modern short story, Manto vividly conjures life on the streets of Bombay — its prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, artists, writers, and those caught in the fore of the India-Pakistan partition. Deeply opposed to partition, Manto is best known for his portrayals of its violence and absurdities. From an ownerless dog caught in the firing squad at the border of the two countries, to neighbors turned enemy soldiers pausing for tea together in a short cease fire — Manto challenges the edges of geographic, cultural, and social boundaries with an unflinching and satirical gaze, and a powerful humanism. With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Vijay Seshadri, this collection illuminates Manto’s most vital and universal work, and — half a century later — remains a prescient text illuminating so many of the glaring and silenced conflicts that plague humanity today.


This book was made possible with the generous support of the Jan Michalski Foundation.

The undisputed master of the modern Indian short story.
Salman Rushdie

Manto’s irony and humanity raise him on par with Gogol.
Anita Desai

Visionary … a writer of special interest for anyone who cares about Pakistan, where so many forms of random-seeming violence now crowd the news.
Ali Sethi, The New Yorker

It feels both astonishing and inspiring that such a modern writer was alive at the very birth of Pakistan.
Sarfraz Manzoor, The Guardian

The most extraordinary feature of Manto’s writing is that, for all his feeling, he never judges. Instead, he urges us to try to understand what is going on in the minds of all his characters, the murderers as well as the murdered…
William Dalrymple, The New Yorker

Saadat Hasan Manto has a good claim to be considered the greatest South Asian writer of the 20th century. In his work, written in Urdu, he incarnated the exuberance, the madness, the alcoholic delirium of his time, when the country he loved cleaved into two and set upon each other.
The New York Times

An errant genius.
The Hindu

Manto painted the women of Bombay in a way that few South Asian writers have been able to since.

I would travel anywhere with Manto. . . . He is magnificently immortal.
Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers

I read him 40 years ago and I meet kids who are reading Manto for the first time – you can actually see the light in their eyes. You can see their jaws dropping and they say, ‘What is this? Who is this guy?'
Mohammed Hanif, The Guardian

There is still no literary rival to Manto. . . . [And] as communalism, religious intolerance and enmity between India and Pakistan continue to grow, his stories are still highly relevant.
The Independent