Born in India and considered the leading poet on the South Asian subcontinent, Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) was a two-time Nobel nominee and winner of the 1962 Lenin Peace Prize. His evening readings in Hindi/Urdu-speaking regions drew thousands of listeners. Associated with the Communist party in his youth, Faiz became an outspoken poet in opposition to the Pakistani government. This volume offers a selection of Faiz's poetry in a bilingual Urdu/English edition with a new introduction by poet and translator Agha Shahid Ali.
About the Author
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was not only a prize-winning poet, but also a professor of English Literature, a distinguished editor, and a major figure in the Afro-Asian writer's movement. Agha Shahid Ali is on the M.F.A poetry faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His most recent books of poetry are A Nostalgist's Map of America and The Beloved Witness: Selected Poems.