Manoa, vol. 19, no. 1 (2007): Crossing Over

Crossing Over cover imagePresented by Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing

Crossing Over: Partition Literature from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Edited by Frank Stewart and Sukrita Paul Kumar

Crossing Over comprises stories from three South Asian countries—India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—with a combined population of over two billion. The works here focus on the cataclysmic experiences of Partition in 1947 and its aftermath, including the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. Many of these works have not been readily accessible to American and other English-speaking readers; they serve as a mere glimpse at a rich and vast body of literature being produced in many languages of the Subcontinent.

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from The Other Side of Silence, 41
Urvashi Butalia

On Writing Sleepwalkers, 144
Joginder Paul


The Train Has Reached Amritsar, 1
Bhisham Sahni

Toba Tek Singh, 14
Saadat Hasan Manto

Lajwanti, 21
Rajinder Singh Bedi

Incognita, 33
Rashid Haider

Pali, 56
Bhisham Sahni

The Claim,74
Mohan Rakesh

The Dog of Tetwal, 80
Saadat Hasan Manto

Whose Story?, 88

The Owner of Rubble, 91
Mohan Rakesh

Father, 101
Prafulla Roy

Mozel, 111
Saadat Hasan Manto

Farewell, 128
Samaresh Basu

from Sleepwalkers, 136
Joginder Paul

Where There Is No Frontier, 151
Prafulla Roy

from Basti, 177
Intizar Husain

Rebirth, 187
Abul Bashar

How Many Pakistans?, 193

Cool, Sweet Water, 208
Khadija Mastur

About the Contributors, 213