sahitya akademi: Sahitya Akademi winning Urdu novel ‘Rohzin’ to release in English in May

Contemporary Indian writer Rahman Abbas’ Sahitya Akademi-winning Urdu novel ‘Rohzin’ was published in 2016. The book is now translated into English and it will be published on May 16, 2022. The news was shared by publishing house Penguin Random House India (PRHI) recently.

‘Rohzin’ follows the story of the protagonist, Asrar, who comes to Mumbai. It is through his eyes that the author describes the hitherto-unknown aspects of the maximum city Mumbai — the unseen colours and secrets of the city’s underbelly. It is also the story of two lovers Asrar and Hina, which begins abruptly and ends tragically.

“‘Rohzin’ was published on February 14, 2016, at Jashn-e-Rekhta. And since that day, it has been widely discussed. Every reader has his own interpretation of the book. The translation of ‘Rohzin’ into English has taken almost two years, and Sabika Abbas Naqvi has done her best,” Abbas, who won India’s highest literary honour Sahitya Akademi Award in 2018 for ‘Rohzin’, told PTI.

“… The life and experiences of a reader illuminate the hidden secrets in the text, and the narrative of ‘Rohzin’ has many such aspects for a reader to illuminate. I expect that the novel will get a good response from English readers as it has already got from Urdu and German readers,” he added.

The book is translated into the English language by Sabika Abbas Naqvi. The novel was earlier also translated into German and Hindi.

Some of the author’s other books include: ‘Nakhlistan Ki Talash’ (The Search of an Oasis), ‘Ek Mamnua Muhabbat Ki Kahani’ (A Forbidden Love Story), ‘Khuda Ke Saaye Mein Ankh Micholi’ (Hide and Seek in the Shadow of God, 2011) and ‘Zindeeq’ (Heretic).

(With inputs from PTI)

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