Ten Rupees: A Short Story by Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-55) is perhaps the best-known Modernist fiction writer in South Asia. He was born in undivided India and post-partition, he moved to Pakistan in 1948.  Manto’s female characters stand in contrast to Tagore’s women in fiction. Women in Tagore’s world had issues with love, affection, jealousy, and patriarchy to deal with. In Manto’s world, … Continue reading Ten Rupees: A Short Story by Saadat Hasan Manto

Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

'Miss Brill' is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield, published in 1920. The story is written in the third person, limited omniscience. The story is about Miss Brill, an old lady touching upon themes of social isolation and loneliness. The story opens on a Sunday afternoon in autumn and it is cold outside. “ALTHOUGH IT … Continue reading Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

A Rose for Emily is a short story by William Faulkner, published in 1930. The story opens with: WHEN MISS EMILY GRIERSON DIED. This story is a tragic tale of this lady who died at the age of 74; the narrative technique follows a non-linear approach to reveal her life through the last four decades in … Continue reading A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

The Married Couple: A Short Story by Franz Kafka

The Married Couple is a short story written by Franz Kafka in 1922. “BUSINESS IN GENERAL is so bad that sometimes, when my work in the office leaves me a little time, I myself pick up the case of samples and call on my customers personally.” Through this opening line, we are introduced to the narrator … Continue reading The Married Couple: A Short Story by Franz Kafka