Ahmed Ali, The Prison House

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

The Prison-House (1985) contains short stories by the Pakistani literary polymath Ahmed Ali, a pioneer in establishing the short story as a Modernist Urdu literary genre. His first works in this medium were two stories in the highly provocative anthology Angaray [Embers] (Zahir et al., Lucknow, 1932), authored by the “enfants terribles of Urdu literature” (Coppola, Karachi, 2017), four young writers who drew widespread negative attention from the literary, religious, and political establishments. Ali’s contributions were “Badal Nahin Aate” [Clouds Do Not Come], 68-79, and “Mahavaton Ki Ek Raat” [A Night of Winter Rains], 80-93. The collection was quickly proscribed due to extensive condemnation on allegations of blasphemy, obscenity, anti-clericalism, feminism, and leftist…

2056 words

Citation: Coppola, Carlo. "The Prison House". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9626, accessed 06 December 2023.]

9626 The Prison House 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.