Books of the Week- Saturday 3rd February 2024

Ghalib: Flowers in a Mirror 
by Mehr Afshan Farooqui Mehr Afshan Farooqui | 31 January 2024

About the Book

In Ghalib: Flowers in a Mirror, Mehr Afshan Farooqi Continues in the strain of her first book, A Wilderness at My Doorstep, to explore Ghalib’s approach to his work, the world in which he lived and composed,  and, ultimately, his genius. She carefully selected thirty ghazals from the rejected corpus, translated them into English and provided a sparkling critical commentary. Through this book, she highlights the significance of marginalised poetry and the need to reinstate it in our lives and hearts.

About the Author

Biography: Mehr Afshan Farooqi is a Professor of Urdu and South Asian Literature at the University of Virginia. Her research publications address complex issues of Urdu literary culture, particularly in the context of modernity. Farooqi is also a well-known translator, anthologist, and columnist. She has recently published Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Door Step, A Critical Biography (Penguin/Allen Lane, 2021). She is working on a memoir, A Book of Hearts and writes a featured column on Urdu literature past and present in the Dawn.


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