Fabulous Machinery for the Curious: The Garden of Urdu Classical Literature (World Literature in Translation) (Paperback)

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An absorbing, joyous, and colorful collection of stories from the qissa genre.
 
Fabulous Machinery for the Curious presents the first English translation of some of the finest texts from the qissa genre. In this book, acclaimed translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi gathers the greatest of these tales, written or transcribed in the Urdu language by master storytellers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
 
Spreading from Persia to Arabia to South Asia over 1,500 years, the qissa appropriated verse and prose narratives to become the preeminent storytelling genre. The combined traditions of the many cultures of Indo-Islamic civilization resulted in a flowering of qissas in Urdu. This collection distills a vast body of oral and written literature, from resplendent sagas of romantic love and thrilling adventures in fairyland to picaresque stories of deception and haunting tales of nobility and viciousness. Fabulous Machinery for the Curious brings these forgotten gems to a new generation of readers and reminds us of the abiding power that great stories and ancient genres have for engaging the contemporary world.

About the Author


Musharraf Ali Farooqi (micromaf.com) is an author, novelist, and translator whose most recent fiction is The Merman and the Book of Power: A Qissa. He is the translator, among other works, of The Adventures of Amir Hamza.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520388239
ISBN-10: 0520388232
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 408
Language: English
Series: World Literature in Translation