Saadat Hasan Manto remembered
By Rizwan Khatik - Thu Jan 19, 3:22 am
Saadat Hasan Manto, a great Urdu short story writer of South Asia, was born on May 11, 1912. During his early days he met an itinerant journalist, Abdul Bari Alig, who soon changed the young man’s imaginary dabbling with genuine interest in politics and enthusiasm for movie stars which was available in India in English and Urdu translation.
Bari encouraged Manto to attempt a translation of Hugo’s The Last Days of Condemned, a drama into Urdu. Manto completed the translation in about two weeks and sold it to the Urdu BookStall, Lahore, which published it under the title Sarguzasht-e-Aseer. Having now become a published author, Manto aided by Hasan Abbas soon attempted a translation of Oscar Wilde’s Vera,which was published in 1934.