Dozakhnama : Conversations in Hell
Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography
of Manto and Ghalib and a history of Indian culture rolled into one.
Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it
real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib converse,
entwining their lives in shared dreams. The result is an intellectual
journey that takes us into the people and events that shape us as a
culture. As one writer describes it, I discovered Rabisankar Bal like a
torch in the darkness of the history of this subcontinent. This is the
real story of two centuries of our own country.’ Rabisankar Bal’s
audacious novel, told by reflections in a mirror and forged in the fires
of hell, is both an oral tale and a shield against oblivion. An echo of
distant screams. Inscribed by the devil’s quill, Dozakhnama is an
outstanding performance of subterranean memory.