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Alamgir Hashmi

Your Essence, Martyr

Your Essence, Martyr
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Published by Plainview Imprint
ISBN: 9789699670008
"Your Essence, Martyr is the heart\'s cry, a book of poems that have become a part of our lives since these were written...and read out in small private gatherings in homes or whispered to one another in cafes..." from the Prefacernrnrn"This small anthology of English translations of Urdu poems from the 1970s is enlightening, moving, and often heart-wrenching...Throughout the anthology, many of the Urdu traditions, like the ghazal, qita, and nazam, have been employed to innovative use. There are echoes of the traditional Urdu marsiya (elegy), both in the treatment of the subject matter and the form. Yet, these poems sound a fresh note for a secular subject at a turning point of Pakistan’s history...The book represents an editorial feat of international scholarly collaboration: seventy poems by twenty-six poets in translation by three translators and a poet-editor, all based in different continents. The occasional footnotes are helpful in explaining particular cultural nuances, but the book omits an index and biographies of poets, many of whom aren’t well known in the West, in an attempt to retain its original samizdat character by focusing attention on the individual poems. Still in evidence throughout is the leitmotif of courage against all odds, and of sacrifice and struggle for higher goals for self and society...Your Essence, Martyr is an object lesson in the responsibilities of art, a book of poems not to be missed." __RAINTAXI Review of Books
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