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Vol. 12 No. 1 (2020): Transnational Literature

History as the Culprit of the Fractured Past and Present in Gulzar's "Two"

June 2, 2020


Seventy years after the subcontinent went under the blade of History to suffer the Partition, a sensitive poet like Gulzar feels compelled to write a novel on the same subject. Partition Literature has a long tradition in various genres and Gulzar himself has authored a number of poetic and non-fiction writings on the Partition. Yet, the subject remains beyond artistic representation and once again the pain and suffering of millions as a repercussion of the event force the literary artists to arrest and assess the problematic with new perspectives. In "Two", Gulzar takes up the historical event as a subject of his fictional art and depicts History as a protagonist still actively working on it without becoming history. The present paper attempts an analysis of the novel "Two" as a Partition novel and the author’s treatment of History in relation to the individuals victimised in its course.