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Fahmida Riaz

 
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Pakistan - South Asia
Genres Fiction, Poetry, Novels, Short Stories, Critic, Translator
Languages English, Hindi, Urdu
Fahmida Riaz is a distinguished Urdu poet, feminist, human rights activist. Her bold and radical poetry collection Badan Dareedah (1973) was Pakistan’s first book of feminist poetry and she has published 20 volumes of poetry and fiction since. She also translates work from English and Persian. Her books have been translated into English, Hindi, German and French.

Zia ul Haq’s martial regime in Pakistan filed several court cases against her as editor/publisher of the political and social magazine, Awaz (Voice). As a result of which she spent many years in India in self-imposed exile.

Fahmida Riaz runs WADA (Promise), a non-governmental organisation in Karachi which publishes books for women and children dealing with issues such as constitutional rights, education, law and health.

Sources: Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, Women’s World

Awards
Himmet-Helmann Award by Human Rights Watch 1997
Al-Muftah Award

Bibliography
Urdu:
Baden Dareeda (Poetry, 1973)
Apna Jurm Saabit Hae (Poetry, 1988)
Pathar ki Zaban (Poetry)
Dhoop (Poetry)
Hamrakab (Poetry)
Mitti ki Moorat (Poetry)
Khatt-e Marmuz (Short Stories)
Godaavari (Novella)
Zinda Bahar (Novel)
Karachi (Novel)
Adhoora Admi (Novel)
Hindi:
Kia tum poora chand na dekho gay (Poetry, later in Urdu, English: Will You Not See the Full Moon? )
English:
Four Walls And A Black Veil (Poetry, translated from Urdu, 2005)
Reflections in a Cracked Mirror (Novel, translated from Urdu, 2001)
Zinda Bahar Lane (Novel, translated from Urdu, 2000)
Pakistan Literature and Society (Critical Study, 1986)

Associated publishers
OUP, City Press (New Delhi), Patriot Publishers (New Delhi)

Translations
She has translated Erich Fromme's Fear of Freedom and Sheikh Ayaz's poetry, from Sindhi into Urdu.
Halqa Mari Zanjeer Ka (Translation of Sindhi Poetry)

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