Saadat Hasan Manto was a deeply controversial and prolific writer. Tried for obscenity six times, equally in India and Pakistan, his portrayal of love and relationships between men and women was deeply challenging, as was his relationship with his contemporaries and the state.
As Manto said: “I am not a pornographer but a story writer.”
Even though he died in 1944, Manto remains one of Urdu literature’s greatest writers. Now, his work can reach a wider audience through Nasreen Rehman, who has translated his stories in a new three-volume set. Authorised by the Manto family, this collection includes short stories, essays, screenplays and more that have never been translated into English before. An award-winning author, screenwriter, and translator, Rehman will be in conversation with Mujahid Eshai, author of More Manto.