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Fireflies in the Mist by Qurratulain Hyder
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Fireflies in the Mist

by Qurratulain Hyder

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I have a feeling this novel lost a lot in its translation from Urdu. It isn’t easy for Westerners to follow, with the many variations on each name, and the many classical Indian references. It could use a glossary. Yet if you stick with it to the end, you get into its rhythm and feel its power.

It follows a group of young woman and men from the days of British rule, through the Partition of India and the creation of Bangladesh. It explores the revolutionary impulse, as well as the ways revolutionaries are co-opted. And it’s a love story, although not an idealized one.
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