Razia Fasih Ahmad is an
important name in Urdu fiction. Her new novel "Sadiyon Ki Zanjeer (Chained
Centuries)" presents external realities through strong internal emotions.
Just as the two World Wars left legacies of their own in world literature, this
novel creates a legacy based on the human tragedy of the political clash of
In this novel, Razia Fasih Ahmad has presented both the individual actions that affect other peoples' lives and group actions that result in death, devastation and grief, as a sociological experiment.
"Sadiyon Ki Zanjeer" is noticeably daring in its insights and its presentation. An amalgam of reality and perception is created by the description of events and the details of the characters. It ties the present with the future in a continuum. And that makes "Sadiyon Ki Zanjeer" a novel of interesting forms and alluring ideas which is deserving of attention.
A human story artistically woven into the
emerging mosaic of the
The most remarkable aspect of the novel is its readability. It is a gripping narrative, a rare thing in our so-called ‘modernistic’ times.
The description of scenic geography is so beautiful that they look more like some rare paintings of master painters.
An Adamji Prize winner for her novel Aabla –Pa Razia Fasih Ahmad has once again created a master piece which will, I am sure, be welcomed in the literary circles.
Razia Fasih Ahmad could not miss even the minutest detail of the political unrest and the movement launched by the Awami Leage. The novel under review will provide the whole scenario of the events.
Eminent writer Razia Fasih Ahmad has consciously attempted a large sale novel which can easily be called her biggest and boldest attempt, if not her magnum opus. She has done some background research also something of which few of our writers are enamoured.
Asif Aslam Farruqqi
Writers and poets with a philosophical bend of mind, use their creativity to attempt a solution of intricate problems such as life and death, laws of the universe, love and hate pleasure and pain, human knowledge and its limit, religions and mysticism, etc. All this, of-course, is an interesting exercise in philosophy via literature. Razia Fasih Ahmad explores these themes as well.
It seems that the framework for most of her stories is prepared well in advance and she moulds the character whenever she comes across him/ her in real life. The themes of the stories are not based on the run-of- the-mill issues one often finds replete in fiction published here.
Her favorite characters are women, typically eastern well rooted in the soil, steeped in age-long traditions, modest, who suffer silently. She tries to delve deep into the oddities of life and vagaries of human nature and she portrays them with sensitiveness and delicate perception.
‘Breaking Links,’ is a brilliantly written novel which I found so intriguing that I didn’t want the book to end. Each morning and as I laid to rest at night during my Christmas holiday, the visually explicit work remained on my mind.
As an American, I’m intrigued by the history, traditions and customs that belong to distant countries, and I encourage this author to share more of this knowledge with all humanity. The beginning of Bangladesh as a country with the violence, brutality, bloodshed, and passion of the era were visually enhanced for the enjoyment of the reader. ‘Breaking Links’ renewed my interest , which was put aside for a while, of foreign lands through the eyes of native inhabitants.
I compare Razia Fasih Ahmad with two respected literature writers that I admire---James Fenimore Cooper and Daphne DuMaurier. This narrative will be added to my favorite historical novel list.
The writer begins her story with the introduction of Qasim Khan, a soldier who left Turkey to settle in India centuries before. Following the ancestral ladder of Qasim until the violent 1970’s, the author captures the reader’s interest by detailing the lives and adventures of each relative. Historical events are described in detail to illustrate the distinction of each Pakistani province.
To assist the reader, at the beginning of the book, the author lists the characters as they progress from Qasim to the present time. This aid assists the reader to understand the formation of relationships as the ancestral ladder grew.
The descriptive words used to shape images in our mind as the book continues, flow from the writer’s pen to enhance our images as they are to be presented correctly.
A few of these descriptive sentences follow:
The country was heaven and hell. It was full of beautiful flowers, fruits, colorful birds, flowing rivers, streams, and lakes. .It was also inhabited by elephants, tigers, cheetahs, and venomous snakes that roamed there unhindered.
When visitors come to West Pakistan, they are given tours of the neat and clean suburbs of Karachi and Islamabad. They are shown big factories in Kahore and Faisalabad. They get the wrong impression of West Pakistan being rich and prosperous while East Pakistan is getting poorer day by day.”
Each chapter is its own story and keeps the reader enthralled through the entirety of the book.
I anxiously wait for the next story written by Razia Fasih Ahmad. In the meantime, I’ll read “Breaking Links one more time.
Jacqueline L. Mangieri
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