The Dog of Tithwal



In “The Dog of Tithwal,” Saadat Hasan Manto masterfully explores the absurdities of the India-Pakistan partition through poignant tales. From border conflicts to shared moments of humanity, this collection, introduced by Vijay Seshadri, offers a powerful critique of social divides, highlighting Manto’s sharp wit and deep humanism.

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Number of pages: 418

Published: 28 September 2021

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In “The Dog of Tithwal,” the legendary Saadat Hasan Manto is unveiled in his full literary splendor, offering readers a compelling journey through the vibrant yet tumultuous streets of Bombay. This collection of stories, marked by Manto’s unmistakable voice, presents a tableau of characters who define the city’s underbelly – from its hard-lived prostitutes and cunning pimps to the shadowy gangsters, passionate artists, and introspective writers who roam its alleys. Manto, a stalwart voice against the partition of India and Pakistan, captures the essence of this epochal divide through narratives that are as heart-wrenching as they are satirical.

With “The Dog of Tithwal” at its core, this anthology showcases tales where an ownerless dog unwittingly becomes a casualty of the crossfire at the border, symbolizing the senseless violence and the blurred lines between friend and foe in the face of political upheaval. Manto’s stories weave a complex tapestry of human connections that transcend the artificial barriers of nations, revealing moments of shared humanity, such as enemies uniting over a cup of tea during a brief ceasefire.

Championed for his ability to navigate the murky waters of human morality and the absurdities born from partition, Manto’s writing challenges the reader to reconsider the constructs of geographic, cultural, and social divides. His sharp wit and keen observation serve not only as a critique of his times but also as a mirror reflecting the ongoing conflicts that continue to shape human existence.

This edition is graced with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, providing insightful context to Manto’s works and emphasizing their relevance in today’s world. “The Dog of Tithwal” is not just a book; it is a testament to Manto’s enduring legacy as a master of the modern short story and his profound humanism that cuts across generations.

Brought to life with the generous support of the Jan Michalski Foundation, this collection is a must-read for those who seek to explore the depths of human emotion and the absurdity of the boundaries we construct around ourselves. “The Dog of Tithwal” remains a poignant reflection on the shared pains and joys of humanity, compelling readers to look beyond the surface and find the threads of commonality that bind us all.

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