Farooq A. Sheikh


Distinction between a factual and a fictional narrative is a choice very hard to make. But a narrative text can be classified on the basis of its priority of orientation, one text can aim at representation of historical facts in a way they are viewed and understood by the majority of people. For such a text, a common, regular and unmarked understanding and analysis is more important. In opposition to this, if a text does not aim at plain, shallow and ordinary looking truths, but aims at artistic exploration and analysis of social, cultural and political situations, for such texts artistic truths get priority. An artist does not comprehend the world as common people do, but get inside it and explores those deep spheres and areas which are inaccessible to a common man. Then, he/she devises a suitable code in the form of artistic language, full of symbols and figures, to express his/her understanding and experiences. The present article explores Curfewed Night to be or not to be called a good literary text. Further, this article also focuses on some textual mistakes in use and translation of some Kashmiri lines in the text.


Curfewed, Kalashnikov, Kashmir History, Kashmir valley, Militant, Violence.

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