The Monkey's Wound and Other Stories (Hardcover)
The Monkey's Wound and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen short stories by Hajra Masroor that are illustrative of her uncompromising tone, her piercing portrayals of the bitter realities of life, and the wounds and traumas of the inner lives of women.
The stories, translated from the original Urdu, are sourced from her well-known collection of stories, Sab Afsanay Meray and are stories that bring out Masroor at her best.
Hajra Masroor (1930-2012) is remembered as one of the most celebrated Pakistani writers of Urdu short stories and narrative fiction. Deeply influenced by the Progressive Writers' Movement, she made a place for herself among writers like Ismat Chughtai, Saadat Hasan Manto, Krishan Chander, and Rajinder Singh Bedi. Masroor wrote with great energy and wit. Her stories possess an elegant prose style, strong female characterization, and a little twist at the end that keeps her readers baffled and engaged.
Tahira Naqvi is a translator, writer and clinical professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University where she teaches Urdu language and literature. She has translated into English the works of Saadat Hasan Manto, Khadija Mastur, Hajra Masroor and the major works of Ismat Chughtai.