Renowned Pakistani Urdu Novelist Dies at 92

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 02 February 2016 21:39

LAHORE: Renowned Pakistani Urdu fiction writer Intizar Hussain died at a hospital in Karachi on Tuesday after a prolonged illness, hospital sources told media. He was 92.

Known as a novelist, short-story writer, columnist, travel writer, biographer, playwright, and critic, Hussain was born on December 7, 1923 in Dibai, Bulandshahr, India, and migrated to Pakistan in 1947.

He held a Master's degree in Urdu, the language in which he penned his short stories and novels, and was also a columnist for newspapers in English.

Hussain's popular writings include "Basti", "Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat", "Agay Samander hai", "Shehr-e-Afsos", "Jataka Tales", "Janam Kahanian" and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye".

He was the recipient of many awards in Pakistan, India and the Middle East, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award at the Lahore Literary Festival in 2012.

In 2013, Hussain became the first and only Pakistani to be nominated for the international Man Booker Prize, and was awarded the French civil award Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in September 2014.

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